Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Chapter 1

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

Chapter 2

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that 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 3

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is 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 4

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

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.

Thanks to American actress and author Portia Nelson for the poem. 

8 thoughts on “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

  1. Sometimes the simplest of things are the hardest to embrace…
    The trick is NEVER giving up… And always picking yourself up and moving forward once again…
    I speak from the heart with these words as its the fight I am engaged in daily, but thankfully I have Galy in my corner and she’s always there to help mr up

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