Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

by Portia Nelson

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.

2
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.

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

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

5
I walk down another street.