my scar is a second navel…………………. …………….a crooked smile
sketched by a child………………………………………..a mismatched note
on a blank white sheet……………………………………the missing chord
out of tune on the torso……………………… ………….drawn outside the lines
I figure it’s time……………………………………………I try to compose
to tell my own version……………………………………an acceptable lie
to fill in this hole………………………………………….to hide the damage
torn in my skin………………………………………… …the hole in the story
on the morning I almost…………………………………lost the plot
drew the losing straw…………………………………….not quite but almost
cut short a shortcut……………………………………….the signature wound
back to the beginning……………………. ….. …………my scar is a second navel.

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Mia Sara’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, Animal, Helix, Superstition Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, The South Hampton Review, Penmen Review, poemmemoirstory, The Write Room, Smartish Pace, and The Cossack Review, among many others. Her chapbook Mid-life with Gorilla was published in 2014 by the Dusie Press, and her column “Wrought and Found” ran for two bracing years on the PANK blog. She now contributes to the fine folks at Barrelhouse with “Not Your High School Girlfriend,” which was just nominated for Best Of The Web.