Odiobonum

We can enjoy each others’ failures,
That’s called schadenfreude;
A weakness that we’re all prone to
And cannot avoid(-uh)

When people hate you for your faults,
It can be understood:
We like to think we hate what’s bad
And respect what is good

But often we are hated
For the things that we do well:
Some of this is envy, but
The rest is hard to tell

There is no word for this, so I
Call it odiobonum
It is from Latin: “to hate good”
And it seems apropos(-num)

For when odiobonum is
Aimed at us, we find:
That to be hated for our strengths
Just messes with
One’s mind

(… prompted …)

Note: This is a rework of a post I wrote years ago in prose.

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