My life….

This poem is not original to me, but it bears repeating and re-reading:

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.

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2 thoughts on “My life….

  1. planted oak says:

    oh. my, goodness. i have not read that in soooo long i’d forgotten it existed! and it is such an incredible pictures of self-control that we truly have access to! if you don’t mind me sharing, it reminds me of this post:

    https://plantedoak.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/old-and-new-me-a-poem-7-27am/

    so glad you posted this. gotta find a way to print it out! 🙂 –kris

  2. I love your poem! Exactly!!

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