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Poem on Envy for What Others Have

As a poet, therapist, and observer of human behavior, Janis has a keen awareness of what makes people tick and behave the way they do.

The Green Eye of Envy

We gaze at what we covet with a green eye of envy.

We gaze at what we covet with a green eye of envy.

That Feeling of Envy

Envy is a feeling that can take over the most humble of persons. But we won't admit we have it.

Envy is not something we will readily express, even to our closest friends. It is mostly felt in secret, as we see something we wish for, desire to have, or covet.

The funny thing about envy is you think you know what it is you want without really knowing what the possession entails in terms of how it affects your life.

The following poem address how a person can envy another without any understanding of what they see with their naked eyes. As the old adage says, be careful for what you wish.

The Love of Money

Money is often mistaken for self-worth.

Money is often mistaken for self-worth.

Envy is a resentment resulting from the lack of another's quality, achievement, or possession and the wish to have it.

Envy is a feeling of discontent and resentment, aroused by a desire for the advantages, possessions or qualities of another.

A person who envies another secretly longs for, covets, and begrudges that person based on the need to have things that are not his.

The Glitter of Jewels

All that glitters is often not real gold.

All that glitters is often not real gold.

"Envy Me?"


You covet what you see,

With no knowledge of what I have,

As your greedy perceptions

Imagine and wish.


How dare you judge and want

Before you know for what you ask.

Very presumptuous of you to even think

That what I have is better.


While my hidden burdens press down

Fiercely upon my shoulders,

Your green eyes stare and covet.

If you only knew.


Yearning only for what you think you see

When you know not for what you wish.

Let me place it in your hand.

Too heavy for you? Aha! Keep it.


The grass on this side

Is not as green as the lens

Through which you perceive it.

How warped are your desires?


Be careful what you wish for,

Ponder first, about what you think you want

The next time you engage in the

Presumptuous act of envy.


Designer Accessories Often Trigger Envy

If only you could walk in my shoes.

If only you could walk in my shoes.

Expensive Cars

Having the best can come with a hefty price.

Having the best can come with a hefty price.

Time Pieces

Value your precious time rather than your cherished time piece.

Value your precious time rather than your cherished time piece.

Envy of Others

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

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