DISPATCHES FROM THE CORNER OF HOLLYWOOD AND MOTHERHOOD
By Mia Sara
Unbecoming Meghan Markle
It’s nothing personal, we’ve never met,
but still, we go way back, Meg and me,
and every other pastiche Princess,
I willed myself to become, on or off the screen,
over The Pond, or under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Duchess, or not, I imagine she’d agree
It’s never about choosing the perfect hat,
or the appropriate shade of nylons,
swanning through one sun-filtered set-up
to the next, gliding on sharp stilettos
like they were sewn to your feet when
you were a just a little girl, dreaming
of the ball, the prince, the role of a lifetime.
I think we’ve seen it all, the original habit,
changing the subject, into an object, a worn
fetish against the fear of this everyday loss
between what we see, and what we be.
Mia Sara was born and raised in New York City. At the age of fifteen she began a career as an actress. Her acting credits include Legend, Ferris Beuhler’s Day Off, Time Cop, Queenie, A Stranger Among Us, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, and many others. After twenty-five years of night shoots, she remembered that she’d always wanted to be writer.
Mia Sara’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Blue Stem, Mudlark, Chapparal, The Cossack Review, Edison Literary Review, Superstition Review, poemmemoirstory, The Southampton Review, The Write Room, Smartish Pace, PANK, Cultural Weekly, among others. The Dusie Press published her chapbook, “Still Life With Gorilla,” in 2014. Her column “Wrought and Found” ran for two years on the PANK blog, and is now a regular contributor at Barrelhouse Magazine with he column “Not Your High School Girlfriend” She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children but misses New York every single day. Find her at http://miasara.nyc/ .