Winning, For Losers by Mia Sara

Winning, For Losers

It was love at first sight for the visually impaired,
as neither one of us was free.

I hate to think what might have happened,
had we been footloose and innocent, or even young.

For all that came before, and was ruined;
whole civilizations burned to the ground,

with farmer’s markets, and native tongues,
pot roasts on Sunday, and permit-only parking.

It’s amazing, after that first awkward kiss,
two shipwrecks in the drink, colliding.

If we had failed less, or balked at bad beginnings,
could we have played this losers game,

as if we still believed in winning?


After twenty-five exhausting years as a film and television actress (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Legend, Time Cop, A Stranger Among Us, Jack and The Beanstalk: The Real Story), Mia Sara took up writing as way to survive night shoots. It sort of worked. Now it’s words that keep her up all night. Sara lives in Los Angeles, but she misses her hometown, New York City, every single day. She now contributes to the fine folks at Barrelhouse with “Not Your High School Girlfriend,” which was just nominated for Best Of The Web.