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Lent Reflections

Autobiography in Five Chapters

by Portia Nelson

I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost…
I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes 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’m 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.


Reflection Questions

As you have been reflecting on your Egypt or sinful patterns in your life, think through them with the lens of this poem. Consider even writing your own version of the poem.

1. What is the hole you fall into?

2. What is the street that leads to that hole?

3. How did falling in become a habit?

4. What does it look like to walk down a different street?

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