Jealousy is a monstrous feeling

That can break a relationship however loving,

Devastates the hater and the once loved.

Sadly, enmity dominates in the bond.


Why does this horrible toxic emotion

Invade the mind with so much confusion,

Shattering peace of mind

Blowing it up like a grenade leaving suffering behind?


Usually, haters are themselves unhappy,

Envying others position or capacity,

Like Shakespeare’s Macbeth’s ambition and greed  

Into a disease deadly, did breed.


Or, like Othello, who created a drama with jealousy,

Being infested with the disease of insecurity

And suspicion, mistook Desdemona’s innocence,

Devoured by rage and savageness.


The indication from the spitefulness,

Unfortunately lost in thoughts full of meanness

Accounts for not realising that every person is exceptional

With a unique potential.


Indeed, great minds are not understood by jealousy,

So, the best revenge on jealousy

Is to be like an elephant plant leaf, live indifferently,

Removing jealous minds’ power to ruin ultimately.


©Pushmaotee Subrun


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About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

4 thoughts on “Jealousy

  1. Amita Paul

    While Othello’s insecurity- bred jealousy can be understood to some extent, the “ motiveless malignity “ of Iago is the intriguing crux on which the plot of the play turns. However, the Green Demon of jealousy is indeed one of the most futile of negative emotions.

    1. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

      Indeed Iago derived sadistic pleasure with the havoc wrought by him …thanks for your nice comment!


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