Envy

a sinking pit in my stomach
clenching of my teeth
anger in my heart
over the achievement of another

an unfair emotion
of which
the anger is directed
in the wrong direction

I can do anything
I set as task
laziness has stifled me
progress hindered by complacence

I know now why
envy is such a deadly sin
the weak minded and ill-reckoners
would be devoured

given over to lustful anger
violence and malice
never perceiving that
the fault lies within

force this emotion away
banish it from your mind
fret not over the success of others
hard work favors all…

Matthew – 2015
© 2015 This Mortal Flesh

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4 thoughts on “Envy

  1. We’ve both written about Envy today! I really like your take, it’s true envy and its uglier stepsister jealousy can be destructive but envy does have the potential to push us to do better.

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  2. Ha! I call it writer’s anguish, when I see words that I wish I had written… but it’s not actual envy…which you’ve depicted really well here. Glad to see you’re back to writing Matt 🙂

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