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Mobile Photography/Art – Saturday Poetry – ‘Autobiography In Five Short Chapters’ by Portia Nelson


This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is a poem entitled ‘Autobiography In Five Short Chapters’ by Portia Nelson. In many ways this is an uplifting poem, Portia Nelson’s delightful and insightful story of the hole in the sidewalk/path provides a metaphor of life. Life is like a stroll down a somewhat hazardous sidewalk/path. The story identifies the key feature required to safely navigate life’s sidewalk/path.

Source: Portia Nelson from the book There’s A Hole in My Sidewalk

This is a deep thinking poem, think which verse you may be on.  I hope you enjoy this poem, I have matched g_wah – Graeme Roy’s image with this.



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.



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.



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.



I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.



I walk down another street.

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Technology. A contributor to National and International publications, including, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Professional Photographer, NikonPro, Graphix, Digital Arts, Readers Digest, Popular Photography & Imaging and Which? consumer magazine and

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