Treasure Island

David Harris

(18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

Envy And Jealousy


We walk paths on our own way,
while others try to force us
to walk paths with only them.
Some get ungrateful
if we only walk awhile,
and then help someone else
on their lonely mile.
They get jealous
if we do for others
what you are only expected
to do just for them.
Therefore, it goes on and on,
until one day they look around,
finding their demands
have left them without friends.

They so want to be noticed,
and they’ll do anything they can,
to try to force people
to notice them.
They wonder why
no one listens to their needs.
Wonder why people begin to turn away.
They forget about their demands
they put on others to stay,
they can only see what is good for them,
and not that others have needs to.
So they hurt those they should not,
hoping it will make them feel better.
Instead, it makes them feel worse
for their anger only forces people away.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/2/2007 1:15:00 PM)

    Blessed are the humble, indeed my friend! Wise words from a wise wordsmith...
    What you say here, is everso true...and how you have eexpressed it...everso fine, David!

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  • Lilac Wine (6/26/2007 6:02:00 PM)

    yesterday i had a real down day David and i can honsetly say...i felt really selfish for all the things that i thought to myself.....im glad that i have had the opportnity to read this poem today for it has shed a lil more lite on my the way i felt and should have dealt with it.....there is a good and valuable lesson to be learnt from this poem..if only we can see...

    thank you

    love n stuff
    lilac
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  • Marci Made (6/26/2007 5:00:00 PM)

    I don't think I could ever write about this subject as I would fear offending someone but you have done an excellent job...Being a women and emotional to boot our sex knows that woman have up and down days and moments so for me I would be afraid that someone would take it personally had they had a bad day, perhaps ill, or a death in the family or another tremendous loss.....Seems to me that one can't be jealous of one they don't know personally as a friend..It would be difficult to be jealous of one or envy what they may have if you didn't know them. At any rate it's a good poem, about a subject that at best, need to be looked at objectively and consider all factors before judging one as such. Yet people are jealous by nature....Good Lord, even if the one they voted for didn't win...If one keeps a small circle of friends around them that they know and see frequently it would be difficult to be jealous, unless of course it's a wee one that wants a toy. Surprised you didn't do this one during the days of the stupid i-pod wars, when I removed my words until it was over.That was crazy also as most PH people have never even met....Can't be jealous of something on the other side of a screen..~~~marci.xo (*_*) (Report) Reply

  • JoAnn McGrath (6/26/2007 4:21:00 PM)

    Well put David I like it.....you handled that topic well...thanks for telling me about this one......: O) (Report) Reply

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