When I am asked to give a poetry workshop that includes people who have not written poetry, I find that asking them to concentrate on syllable-counts per line helps them to lose their apprehension about finding suitable words. And here is a silly sample that illustrates that notion.
A syllable-snowball, growing layer by layer!
Filling my new coffee cup
half full – I add
more -- one-quarter-cup
to make three-fourths, one-eighth
to reach seven-eighths, next add
one-sixteenth, and so on, never
overflowing -- almost, almost full.
A syllable-snowball is a poem built from a sequence of lines whose whose syllable-counts increase (or decrease) by one from line to line. Here is a link to the results of a blog-search that offers additional examples of snowballs.