Can you take the engine from a poem, leaving the bodywork intact, and put in a new one. Will the images stand up to it?
I don't think it's lazy to quit editing while you're ahead. I think what we put on paper, the free write or rough draft, is purely cries. Editing will only take its cries out. "A poems veins and capillaries cannot stand up to a heart transplant," but by cutting off an arm, the other arm can become much more skilled. The balance between edited and raw is the hardest balance I've come across yet - and life is only balances. Well, balances and one really good grilled cheese sandwhich with avacado.