5 Aug


Today I want to talk about
A trait that I can’t stand
Jealousy’s an attribute
We should work to disband

The definition of ‘jealous’
Is to resent someone
Who has acquired some success
While you have received none

A mental unease from suspicion
Shortcoming or fear
Of a so-called rival who is
Actually a peer

“I’m so jealous!” I always hear
People say when they see
Fortune smile on someone else
And all they think is “Me!”

“Why that person and not Me?”
Is what the jealous think
But where’s the jealousy whenever
That rival does sink?

When hardships befall someone else
Where is the green eyed beast?
The jealous just go “Phew!” and think
“It is not Me, at least!”

The common trait of jealousy
Is that it’s all inward
“To think the world does not revolve
Around Me is absurd!”

They think that every stroke of luck
And fortune should be for
Themselves and that is why it is
A trait I do abhor

The jealous don’t say “Kudos!” or
“Congrats on your success!”
While your fruition brings you joy
To them it causes stress

They don’t see the war you have fought
Or hardships you’ve endured
Because they’re still just children
And have not yet matured

“Kid-ults” with a self-absorbed
Concept of everything
Only interested in what
The world to them can bring

“Nevermind the other people
Who walk the Earth too
How can I be happy when
Good fortune smiles on you?”

Next time, please think long and hard
Before you use that term
If you think how it’s defined
It should cause you to squirm

To think about how selfish and
Self-centered it would make
A person who utters that word
And maybe it will wake

The altruist you have within
Who will be happy for
Another person’s happiness
And wish them even more


4 Responses to “Jealousy”

  1. Mattie J. August 5, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Ah, jealousy. An evil beast of an emotion. I have some series issues with jealousy, but I’m pretty amazing at hiding it. Beautiful poem, it really captures the essence of jealousy. Great work!

    • miropoetry August 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

      Don’t hide your jealousy. Confront it, expose it, and cut it to ribbons with the sword of selflessness. It will only grow stronger hidden in dark shadows. 😉

  2. elizabeth holmes October 10, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Good bit about jealousy…I see that trait in my thinking and will turn to thoughts of how much I have to be grateful for. Why, oh why, are we so geared to thoughts of jealousy and competitiveness when all we have to do is live and be thoughtful, kind and generous with our love? Perfection is not the goal, it’s a process to become a better person.

  3. Diana Dunwoodie October 10, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Cool!! Really liked this, sums jealousy up nicely!

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