Background Notes for Make Believe
We only recently figured out that with the administrator permissions Sara left us in our collaborative community, that allows us to designate her the primary author of any of our collaborations.
As will frequently now be the case. We won’t go back to correct any of the past ones posted before we knew that, since we gave credit on each poem itself. With a rare exception here and there, her notes and poem fragments remain very much alive in our shared work. As she very urgently wished we would do.
“Make believe,” she told us, with that cheeky smile that spoke of a boundless joy and love. She shrugged off detractors who might characterize it as pretense or falsehood. To her, “making a belief” was equivalent to creation itself.
This poem reflects her instruction and notes to that effect. Along with sharing from all (except one, still on temporary leave of absence) of us.
In one of her favorite forms, the ghazal, a form she felt to be highly suited to collaborative writing.
Always loving you, Sara, always.