There is a Hole in My Sidewalk

There Is a Hole in My Sidewalk
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 whole 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.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jim
    Feb 03, 2010 @ 15:21:51

    I can relate to this – my version might be a few chapters longer though, ☺

    Reply

  2. some people just hide in plain sight
    Feb 06, 2010 @ 20:16:35

    I relate too. Geesh, what a great poem to remind how it works, it’s okay, don’t do it again, and get the hell away from the hole!

    Reply

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