Daily Archives: 8 November 2010

Day 8: The Performance Agreement

Long before this month began,
say August—or September
before I’d committed fully,
I started piecing together
my plan for 2010 November PAD.

Closing out tasks still open,
building shells for jobs
to fill in after the month
got underway. Clearing my
social calendar and all
stray obligations under “other.”

The separation of duties is as follows:
I forge the space, as it entreats my skittish partner,
my Muse. She requires cajoling and a wide berth
to show up regularly to do her thing.

Our Performance Agreement, then, seals a tenuous collaboration:
I keep the way clear, noise to a minimum, as much as I can
and Muse creatively, airily dictates in calm and frantic whispers.
And that’s how I get to post at least one poem daily.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 8 prompt: Write an agreement poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge