Stepdaughter’s Lament


dragon skin marks
tight cage of expectations
finally freed, scarred

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Inspired by Mindlovemisery’s Fairy Tale Prompt #2
(albeit late), which called for a darker twist on a tale with a stepmother.

17 thoughts on “Stepdaughter’s Lament

  1. Oh gosh – mother-in-law’s hey! Still you never know – sometimes a heart does hide beneath the dragon skin. My own mother-in-law has come up trumps for me right now – totally unexpected. You just never know what people are capable of when life gets truly difficult. Hope yours m-i-l mellows with time


    • My mother-in-law and I are not exactly soul-mates, but we got along pretty well. This was meant to be my stepmother, and was more remembering my relationship with her when I was 18. We get along most of the time now. It’s amazing how parenting can really change one’s opinions. Thanks for commenting!! Blessings, Brenda


    • “If you be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.” – John Dryden

      Scars make us stronger, my friend, fret not. Hugs, Brenda


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