Washing Away Envy

Poetry for Friday’s prompt

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I see you there — hiding near the precipice
overshadowing my desire for contentment
You’ve always been there ready to pounce
to raise your ugly head and make me doubt
I’ve tried not to give you power over me
to ignore your very presence — this is not me
But it is — you and I are one beast
You are the vilest part of me; I cannot abide
Only truth and wisdom will wash me clean
remove the green stains you leave behind

© 2021 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

After re-reading the essay I wrote on Thursday regarding asking for help, I had an epiphany — I still harbor a tonnage of envy. How can I possibly be content if I still envy everything my siblings obtained, yet I was denied? If I had been given everything I wanted, I never would have become the self-sufficient, open-minded, spiritual person I am today. So I am releasing envy and letting all of its burdens upon my life go.

For 𝘋𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘊.’s Weekly Prompt: 11–15.01.21 — Reflective January

Lori Carlson writes Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Creative Non-Fiction and Personal Essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Nature, Loss, Death, and the LGBTQ+ community. Check out her personal Medium blog here.




𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 & 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴.

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