AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS

by Portia Nelson

I  

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 me forever to find a way out.  

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 the same place
but, it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.  

III  

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.
my eyes are open
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.  

IV  

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

V  

I walk down another street.