Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Walking on ...

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS
by Portia Nelson


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 me forever to find a 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 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.

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.

IV

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

V

I walk down another street.

16 Comments:

At Wednesday, April 20, 2005 3:07:00 pm, Blogger Xenon said...

Sweet! Nice find! I really like this one.

How did you happen upon it?

 
At Wednesday, April 20, 2005 4:35:00 pm, Blogger KymmBr. said...

Sweet. of intellect. wise. I love the sound of those short lines. Am proud of yu'r thoughts.

 
At Thursday, April 21, 2005 6:32:00 am, Blogger Jay said...

Tres cool. Really really insightful too! And so simple!

Oh to write poetry....

 
At Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:39:00 am, Blogger Guessaurus said...

@Xenon - thanks. A friend sent it to me once when I was in between a rock and a hard place. I printed it and put it on my bathroom wall and read it every morning - crossing off every chapter when I had dealt with whatever, until I got to the last bit and took it off.

@Ms K - I thought you would like it. Kinda spurs me on and shows me how far I have come.

@Kymmbr - thank you. I'd actually lost it so I had to google it. Positive stuff.

 
At Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:10:00 am, Blogger Xenon said...

@Guess: That's really cool. I like that idea.

BTW, thanks for visiting my blog. It inspires me and encourages me to keep blogging. Just to know that someone, --not to mention someone as wonderful as you-- is reading my blog is a great comfort to me somehow. Thank you.

 
At Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:11:00 pm, Blogger Poi said...

..yeah experience is the best way to leatn stuff and know how to get around it..loved it!

 
At Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:47:00 pm, Blogger nick said...

such a sweet way to summarise life...ngai there's nothin that beats experience teachething the fool. the number of times we finds oursleves in such depths...
and to think there'll be plenty more....lordy lordy

 
At Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:47:00 pm, Blogger nick said...

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At Friday, April 22, 2005 5:28:00 am, Blogger Guessaurus said...

@Xenon - I will keep visiting, so long as you keep writing. Thanks for reading my ramblings and thinking that I am WONDERFUL: taking that vybe with me all weekend :)

@Cilia - yep

@Nick: do you ask yourself why life is sometimes so hard? What is after? If there is nothing else, WTF do we have to go through the stuff we go through now? Is there some being getting a kick out of seeing us squirm through life?

Dont get me started! I s'pose you get my drift :)*thinking that I need to contact your Doc for whatever meds he's got you on*

 
At Friday, April 22, 2005 5:34:00 am, Blogger kipepeo said...

ok, in that short and very precise poem, u just summed up my life! its like im constantly drunk and i just keep falling!! and i dont seem to sober up so that i can think logically and get myself out of things!!

 
At Friday, April 22, 2005 10:35:00 am, Blogger M said...

So short and so sweet. I like it!

 
At Friday, April 22, 2005 11:19:00 am, Blogger Mshairi said...

How lovely!

Btw: G, I have suggested you as among the next people to do the book meme over on my blog, hope you don't mind :)

 
At Friday, April 22, 2005 1:29:00 pm, Blogger nick said...

@guess: child u just say the word and we'll share my meds

one thing that makes me love and envy kids is their IGNORANCE!!!! lordy lordy...

 
At Saturday, April 23, 2005 1:53:00 am, Blogger Xenon said...

I think the lesson is that we don't have to go through most of the shit we put ourselves through.

IF there is nothing after, why don't we have the best time possible NOW? What if there is nothing right now? Like with that stupid cat, there is nothing until you observe it.

 
At Monday, April 25, 2005 10:43:00 am, Blogger Guessaurus said...

@Kipepeo - I'm sure you'll figure it out. If we all knew about every aspect of what was happening/gonna happen in our lives, it wouldnt be spontaneous, suprising and fun.
@M - thanks
@Mshairi - no probs, will check it out.
@Nick - I agree about the kids, how fresh to be so innocent
@Xenon - I agree with you on living life to the fullest. But we do have reservations and sometimes you cant do what you want to do because you have responsibilities to other people and life is not just about us. But it is, right?

 
At Monday, April 25, 2005 11:49:00 am, Blogger Shiroh said...

nice poem

 

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