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Topic: ENVY (jealousy of anotherís advantage) (02/12/15)
- TITLE: Ella Louisa - Nothing Could Please Her
By Ellen Carr
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Was never content; no, nothing could please her.
She longed to be best at whatever she tried.
For her every feat was a matter of pride.
She had a young sister, called May Amalee,
The prettiest girl that you'd ever see.
But Ella Louisa did all that she could
To get people thinking that May was no good.
She bristled with envy when May got a glance,
And tried to upset her when she had the chance.
She pulled at her ribbons; she dirtied her dress,
Made May take the blame, and would never confess.
At school the young Ella Louisa got mad
If Tommy Lee beat her. She'd glare at the lad.
She couldn't abide it when others were better
At spelling or math, or at writing a letter.
At running and jumping young Ella was good.
She won all the races; she knew that she could.
But Genie Maloney, just new to the school,
Was taller and faster, and thoroughly cool.
Now Friday was Sports Day, and Ella looked smug,
Her contenders she gave a contemptuous shrug.
From the start to the finish, she knew she would win.
But Genie surpassed her, to her great chagrin!
She boiled with envy, resentment and rage,
No longer the best for her class and her age.
She hated the source of her racing demise,
She envied the upstart who'd stolen her prize.
Well, Ella Louisa, was handsome and smart,
Good at her school work, at sewing and art,
But rather than being content with her lot,
She smouldered with envy for what she had not.
She never was happy; no, nothing could please her,
The envious malcontent, Ella Louisa.
She simmered and steamed at others' success,
Inflicting herself with much grief and distress.
So look not to others and how they excel,
Their talents and vigour, nor how they look well,
Learn to be happy the way that you are.
The way that God made you has made you a star!
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