Not Your High School Girlfriend

Dispatches from the Corner of Hollywood and Motherhood


By Mia Sara


To Walk A Blind Dog


Curb your concrete expectations,
the loveless fear of appearing
helpless, or holy.

Underfoot, every obstacle,
like cracks in the road
where the roots

expose the hidden nature
of your able bodied pride. Resist
the urge to stop her trip.

Try not to think about time
passing you by, or the routine
disappointment in those you love.

Stop anticipating the Fall.
Remember, Hollywood
is always too hot In October,

carve your pumpkin too soon
and it will rot on your doorstep
before trick or treat.

The weather, too, will change
without your guidance. Yield.
Drop the leash. Allow

her wet brown nose to map
the distance between this walk
and where you’d rather be.

Mia Sara used to be an actress, but recovered her senses and now she writes. Her work has been published in Superstition Review, Helix, poemmemoirstory, The Summerset Review, PANK, the Write Room, among many others. Her chapbook, Mid-Life With Gorilla was published by Dusie Press, and she had a long running column “Wrought and Found” for PANK Magazine. She lives between New York City and Los Angeles with her husband, Brian Henson, and her children. Read more from Mia at her website.