Women Write



AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS

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 the way out.

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

Chapter Five
I walk down a different street.

--Portia Nelson


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