I never thought I'd be inspired by the musings of a COMPUTER PROGRAM.
"Slowly I dream of flying. I observe turnpikes and streets
Studded with bushes. Coldly my soaring widens my awareness.
To guide myself I determinedly start to kill my pleasure during
The time that hours and milliseconds pass away. Aid me in this
And soaring is formidable, do not and winging is unhinged." - Racter.
First of all, I don't like poetry, because it's a highly specific art form that people rarely have the talent for. It's either very, very good or very, very bad. For me, poetry must meet several standards:
a) Flow and rhythm. Poetry is music. The lilt of the voice and the mental intonation must be consistent and beautifully disjointed in proper interval.
b) Originality. By that I mean: sure, you can write about love, but don't go and use cliché phrases. Abstract is adored: avoid using what you speak of while describing it and you will manage to convey your message in a way that is powerful.
c) Word Artistry: Most lack this. It is not simply stuffing a random amount of "sophisticated" sounding words into the poem, it is developing your own aesthetic style of arranging and using words, much like Japanese flower arrangements. "Breakfast-colored clouds" give a more unique and individual taste than "puffy cotton clouds."
Poetry, to me, is the skeleton of expression. It is the basis. Your thoughts are poetry: hence I love schizophrenic work because they walk the literature lines without bias or veiling, aside from those cast by the unstoppable twitches of their mind. Poetry is art. Poetry is word salad with meaning and attractiveness. Or no set meaning but rather a piece of "modern art", left for interpretation. It is thought-provoking, and poetry that is laid out with all purposes/intent or feelings left bare and open at first eye's glance is worthless compared to poetry that is straightforward in its storytelling but shadowed with emotion.