Thursday, April 16, 2009

Poem by Portia Nelson

Note: I'll be on a short vacation until Saturday, feeling grateful for time with my beloved.

Until then, enjoy this poem:

Autobiography in Five Chapters

by Portia Nelson


Chapter One:

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


Chapter Two:

I walk down the same street.
There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I’m 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’s a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I fall in.
It’s a habit.
But my eyes are open.
It is my fault and I get out immediately.


Chapter Four:

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


Chapter Five:

I try walking down a different street.

3 comments:

Delwyn said...

I love it Dan

a great find, thanks for sharing it.


P.S. I am still posting. Blogger has a problem and my new posts are not being feed to other bloggers' bloglists so it appears as if I am stuck with Florence!

I am feeling very lonely today!

Katherine said...

Brilliant metaphor Dan. Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a lovely time away.

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn & Katherine, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem/metaphor.