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12 June 2011 @ 10:37 am
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson  
I love this poem a lot:

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters, by Portia Nelson

Chapter 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 forever to find a way out.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

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

Chapter V
I walk down another street
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born from jets!!!catness on June 12th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Awesome. :)
evolution, and some other stuffjacflash on June 12th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful. Thank you for sharing it.
David Policardpolicar on June 12th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
I have been enormously fond of this poem for years.
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on June 12th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Same here.
Deloresdebsquared on June 13th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Wonderful timing as always. :n)
Minerva: barefootminerva42 on June 13th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
I liked it when I heard it, and I failed to look it up afterwards. Thank you for posting it here.