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Poem on Envy for What Others Have

Updated on August 18, 2018
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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. | Source

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.

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.

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. | Source

The Glitter of Jewels

All that glitters is often not real gold.
All that glitters is often not real gold. | Source

"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. | Source

Expensive Cars

Having the best comes with a hefty price.
Having the best comes with a hefty price. | Source

Time Pieces

Value your time rather than your piece.
Value your time rather than your piece. | Source

Envy of Others

What do you envy most in others?

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© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

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    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      So glad you came by and enjoyed it so much. Thank you very much for the comments, vote up, and especially the tweet!

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      swilliams 

      4 years ago

      This has to be one of the best poems I've every read of modern times.

      " Let me place it in your hand. Too heavy for you? Aha! Keep it. " Very well don Ms. Jan! Voted up and tweeted out!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, I will.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha ha, I get that. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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      Daniel James Hinton 

      5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Enjoyed the read very much. Keep writing!!

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      Jose Velasquez 

      5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I want it all. Everything belongs to me, except the stress. You can keep that, but everything else gimme, gimme, gimme.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Absolutely, ologsinquito. We need to address more. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      ologsinquito 

      5 years ago from USA

      Envy has caused so much distress in the world. It's good to shine some light on this vice.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks so much, pstraubie48 for your comments of the same. I appreciate the votes, grateful for the share. Bless you.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      So much wisdom here, janshares....

      That old cliché ...'the grass is always greener on the other side' is so apropos. Wishing for and coveting what someone else has causes us to miss our journey.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up and shared :) ps

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Excellent points, Kulsum, I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      5 years ago from Nagpur, India

      To envy another person for what we think they may have is a natural response. All of us have experienced envy in our lives quite often. Like someone pointed out... the grass is greener on the other side of the fence... What we can do about this is... try to be satisfied with our lot, and improve it also.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're quite welcome. Thank you for your thoughts, I look forward to your hub on the evil eye of envy.

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      Breatheeasy3 

      5 years ago from USA

      Very interesting that I run across this hub, as I was just reading up on some literature that talked about the evil eye. We see it everywhere and even mimic the suggestions it brings, withouth knowledge or a pondering thought, just as the poem illustrates.

      It is explained that the evil eye is very real and powerful, and one must guard themselves against it. It has to do with the thought process of a person with malicious intent (manifestation of envy) and that the bridge between one's mischievous thought is through the eyes. This thing called envy is very influential in that it has the ability to cause people to act upon it through thought and gaze. Perhaps my continued research shall land me to derive a hub on the matter. Thanks for your acknowledgment on the matter.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      I'm glad you liked it, cre8iveOne, thought you could relate based on yours. Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to stop by.

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      cre8ivOne 

      5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Janshares

      This poem is excellent and I love how the words flow so wonderfully together. It is so true that too many times people tend to think others are living better lives without really knowing what they don't show you. Great job!

      P.S. Thanks much for reading and commenting on my It Doesn't Matter poem as well! :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for your comment, I will, Audrey. I had been focusing more on articles to get my feet wet here on hp but I need to get back to posting my passions. Thank you for that nudge :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Oh you should post more of your poetry --loved this

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much for your generous comments and for taking the time to stop by, Cloud. I value your opinion and feedback as you are one of best. I know you're a busy hubberbee ;-) I'll always remember your help and nice welcome when I joined. See you around.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Envy is a rough game that I never played with people, I care not for material goods anyhow, and so that game shall never enter into my livelihood.

      I loved the poem, nice poetic touch! and flow you got here thumbs up and out, oh and thanks for sharing with me lately, that was so cool of you.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hello LEGold, I appreciate your insight. I'm so glad you enjoyed and valued this poem. All that you say is so important. Thank you for your generous comments and taking time to stop by.

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      Lisa Eva Gold 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you for this. As mentioned, "money is often mistaken for self worth"; is a double edge sword. For when there is lack of money, the focus is on low self esteem and a mind set of limitations.

      Yet, when there is an abundant amount of money, there is the envy of others, yet, it is all so very warped. I agree.

      Why does society put so much energy on paper printed green (money), and why does our society envy for what they do not have.? When life would be so much simplar if we would appreciate what we have . Nothing ever stays the same, an attitude for gratitude is worth more than money or things.

      Thank you again for this writing. Very good points made.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hello and thank you, Life iz Beautiful. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. Ha ha, funny about the ring. It's so not real :-) I appreciate your comments and vote up. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read it. You have a great Sunday.

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      Salini 

      5 years ago from India

      Loved this poem a lot. Very insightful and thought provoking (for me, cos I loved that ring *looking at it with greedy eyes* lol)

      Thanks for sharing.

      Voted interesting.

      Have a great day..:)

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome. Thank you for that very nice comment. You are such a generous egotist, Mhatter.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Exceptional poem (says the egotist - me) with a wize message. Thank you.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hello there, rcrumple. I see you've been a busy bee. Thank you for visiting and reading this one. Your observations about envy are excellent. I think you're correct about the genetic component. As I said in the summary, it can hit anyone unexpectedly.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Oh, thank you Faith Reaper, very nice comments. Im glad you stopped by and enjoyed the poem.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Denise, it was fun taking the pics and then seeing how they matched up with the message. So glad you came by for a visit and liked it.

    • janshares profile imageAUTHOR

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Shamela, thanks for coming by, so glad you found the poem inspiring. Your comments are very sweet, thank you.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Vonda,

      Thank you so much for your great comments. Glad you got it! Thanks for sharing on fb and the vote up.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Cherry4, for coming by and commenting. Glad you liked it.

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Envy seems to be a trait we are born with. If you ever watch two babies playing, each will reach for the other's toy. It seems we want something the other has, even without being taught that concept. Perhaps, greed runs so deeply within the human race, it has become part of our gene pool. If only we could learn to be satisfied. Great poem!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Woo, good one dear one. To covert what others may have or what you think they may have - is just not good all around. Excellent poem, and very insightful as to the uselessness of envy and the negative results too.

      Voted up

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Loved the poem and the photos you took were cleverly selected to make the points. :) Cool! Rated Up/Awesome.

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      Shamela 

      5 years ago

      Hi janshares,

      I found the topic to your poem very interesting because you have mentioned about envy. There are powerful words in your poem.

      Very deep things to think about. The last lines of your poem help show a good inspirational way of thinking.

      Your poem is great and wonderful to read.

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      vonda g nelson 

      5 years ago

      Excellent....you ain't neva lie.....you have unearthed envys crut and unleveled its crevis. Those that choose to "envy" usually have no idea or know, because they are not only deceived but driven by envy. People that envy never realize that once "envy" exposes them, the light that they are seen in is forever dim. thumbs up, facebook like! extremely useful and awesome! #

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      Cherry Ann 

      5 years ago from New York

      lol funny but great poem with the proper wording for one to ponder.

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