Etheridge Ex Defends Burning Son—Via Poem Tammy Lynn Michaels explains the accident By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Apr 12, 2012 9:36 AM CDT 6 comments Comments Melissa Etheridge and her partner Tammy Lynn Michaels arrive at the 24th Annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Pop Music Awards, Wednesday, April 18, 2007 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) (Newser) – Melissa Etheridge's battle with ex Tammy Lynn Michaels is grinding on, and it's still nasty: TMZ reported earlier this week that Michaels is unhappy with the $23,000 per month in support she gets from Etheridge, and filed to have that amount increased. Etheridge fired back with legal documents of her own, E! reports, in which she accused Michaels of once accidentally burning their son with a cigarette. Now Michaels is defending herself … in poem form. On her blog, Michaels explains that she had stood apart from her kids and asked them to stay away for a minute because she was "doing my bad habit," but "kids … don't always listen, do they?" She goes on: how does one know that her amazing son with strong and luscious arms and legs would try to play Invisible Monster Tackling Mommy at that precise moment????? Also on the blog, spotted by the New York Post, Michaels defends her request for more alimony, explaining that she was "financially doing PHENOMENALLY" before getting involved with Etheridge, and "was asked to stop actively seeking work" so she could take care of their kids. Now, she explains, she can no longer go back to acting.