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December 2, 2008

Autobiography In Five Short Chapters
by Portia Nelson

Chapter I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there.
I still fall in… it’s a habit… but,
my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the street.
I walk around it.

Chapter V

I walk down another street.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2008 12:36 pm

    8>)

  2. December 2, 2008 3:28 pm

    {{{{you}}}}

  3. December 2, 2008 4:48 pm

    amen. This is most everybody’s life story at some point in time. Succinct and so well put.

  4. December 2, 2008 10:17 pm

    This is good.

  5. susan s. permalink
    December 2, 2008 10:20 pm

    Yeah, that’s about right.

  6. December 5, 2008 7:31 am

    Eileen,

    I was just looking for this poem the other day!! I first read it in Ellen Bass’ book “The Courage to Heal” and haven’t found it since because my book is gone. Thank you!!!

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