Narcissus the man of every woman’s want,
Had eyes turned stone, and face pale.
For his ignorance of Nemesis, a goddess in love,
Envious & consumed by desire, leaving him to this fate…
Narcissus was a hunter renowned for his beauty. He was so handsome that women on one reflection fell in love with him. This made him exceptionally proud. Nemesis was the goddess of divine indignation and retribution, who punished excessive pride, evil deeds, undeserved happiness or good fortune. She saw Narcissus and decided to punish him. She attracted Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. The vain Narcissus unable to leave the beauty of his reflection died.
This is what mythology says. But was Nemesis in love with Narcissus, so much so that his indifference towards her lead her to kill him? Was she jealous about the fact that Narcissus thought more about himself than her, a goddess? This poem is about the jealousy of Nemesis, a goddess (and a woman) that led to the ultimate demise of Narcissus.