. Apology I’m sorry if you feel like you were hurt. Not everyone in life is going to be As nice to you as you think you deserved. And he sometimes got physical with me, Too---I'm no victim. So he was “mean” To you---so what? One time he burned your dolls, Called you some names (always the drama queen) And lots of kids get spankings. Is that all? It’s not like you were burned with cigarettes, Or raped---plenty of stepfathers do that. He's mellowed out a lot now, has regrets. And frankly, you were an obnoxious brat. You need to grow up and get over it, And stop trying to scapegoat him and me For everything that’s wrong with you and what A disappointment you turned out to be. Now let's not fight. Come kiss and hug each other. No one will ever love you like your mother. . . Myrlin A. Hermes is the author of the novels Careful What You Wish For and The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet. Her poetry has appeared in Gold Man Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, and The Notre Dame Review.