There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

by Portia Nelson

Chapter One
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 Two
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 Three
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 Four
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter Five
I walk down another street.

 

From the book of the same name, which you can buy here

3 Responses to There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk

  1. micky mcgowan says:

    This poem fits my situation exactly right now!
    I would like to add a short verse, if I may, Probably after verse one or two.
    ” I walk down the street. There’s a hole in the sidewalk. I ponder the hole, and realize —I will be the one—-I will try to fill it in so no one else falls in the same hole.”

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