Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day 7

April is National Poetry Month so I’m tackling the Writer’s Digest 2019 April PAD Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer.

Today’s prompt: Write a jealous poem. Maybe you’re jealous. Or maybe someone else is jealous of you–or someone else. Whether envious of another or suspicious of a partner, dive deep into this emotion today.

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PERSPECTIVE

I.
It’s been twenty or so years now
that I’ve been envying you,
remembering you—
your long slim legs
taut stomach
radiant skin.
Buoyed up by loyal family, you capered through busy days,
brimming with accolades and gleaming with promise and hope,
the world and its future yours
if you wanted.

And you did.
You wanted, and the wanting cost you nothing.
You laid out all your dreams before you in a bright shiny pile and sifted happily through. What
did reality have on you,
you lucky girl—
You had all the
everything
I could ever want.

II.
I see you in my dreams sometimes,
daydream sometimes
that I am you—
all grown up
confidently married
creative, fulfilled.
Adored by vibrant kids, you wave them cheerfully to school
then hunker down to work, pondering and spinning artful words,
your time and your body belonging
to you alone, or at least
belonging.

And you do.
You found your place, and it was God who did the finding.
You trusted Him alone (not some mean girls or prince charming) and He turned all bleak things new. What
does the past have on you,
you lucky woman—
You have all the
future
I could ever want.