“Taunting Thoughts”

Moberly Middle School
Randolph County, Missouri

They’re supposed to love me the most,
to be there when I need them.
Instead, they gave me away.

I know they exist,
are real people.
The proof is there,
looking back at me in the mirror.
Not knowing why I look the way I do
or if I ever act like they would.

Excuses are made.
They were too young
and didn’t know what to do,
but it doesn’t let me forgive the two.

Thoughts about them are always gray,
always confusing, like a mystery.
Either I want to know them
or I’ll never forgive them for giving me up.

My parents have left me with only the war inside my head
between loving and hating them.