An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters: A Poem for Transformation

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’m 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 hole 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.

Dr. David K. Lewis, a friend and former professor

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