growing pains

you’re not a victim my father says
despite the tears on my face

you’re not a victim
despite my broken heart

it’s not anybody else’s fault but yours he says
even though he’s the one who chooses the words that wound me

so i will learn to say: “i’m not a victim”
and pretend yourΒ words don’t hurt me anymore

-when he says you need to grow up

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