Friday, October 8, 2010

Out of the night

This poem was always a favorite of my grandmother's. Lately, it rings true for me too. In fact, this week, it has been my mantra.
Invictus


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.
 


William Ernest Henley

7 comments:

Misha said...

Powerful words. I love it too.

:-)

L.T. Elliot said...

I love this poem.

Joanne said...

The master of my fate, the captain of my soul ... Very empowering thoughts, thanks for sharing.

Old Kitty said...

Awww I love this poem!! I loved it in the film Invictus most of all - a wonderful positive and life affirming poem! Beautiful!
take care
x

Len said...

Ahhh I love this! My favourite part: I amthe master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. Thanks for sharing :) Thanks for following my blog...I'm following yours now too. :-)

Jen Daiker said...

I'm a new follower!!! I love finding new blog buddies :)

This poem is fantastic... definitely a good mantra!

Adeeva Afsheen said...


Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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