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There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk ©

Copyright 1993, Portia Nelson from the book, There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk, Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, Oregon. Autobiography in Five Short Chapters.


I:
I walk down the street. 
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. 
I fall in. 
I am lost…
I am helpless. 
It is not my fault. 
It takes forever to find my 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. 
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 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. 
I walk down another street.