E For Envy

"Neighbor's envy, owner's pride."

Two decades back, an advertisement professed this line. And did it reflect a reality which we often tend to conceal.

Envy (noun)A feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another.

An owner's secret,
Had a subtle hint.
A life private,
Had a bright tint.

The haze behind the glass,
Made him a bit crass.
On a bright sunny day,
Conjured thoughts, deep and dark.

Something obscure,
Had a mysterious lure.
Something plain,
Evoked desires of vain.

Attractions of the unknown,
Had a dark tone.
The needs and the wants,
Continued to haunt.

The color was green,
Of what could have been.
The mind needed to be free,
Caught in a storm, it was, of Envy.


P.S. Unknown things are often known to evoke emotions bordering on envy.

E For Envy E For Envy Reviewed by Vyankatesh on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Rating: 5


  1. nice lines... :-) enjoyed reading...
    Cheers, Archana - www.drishti.co

  2. wow! really beautiful expression of internal feelings :) keep writing!

  3. I imagine a lot of people must have these feelings, in our materialistic society. An interesting read.

  4. Envy is a dark feeling, but we need a bit of it to see what's not fair...