Invictus (William Ernest Henley 1849-1903)

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.


This poem is one of those pieces that lifts me up and reminds me how far Ive come. Never let circumstance get in the way of what the future holds for you. You are the master of your fate. You are the captain of your ship.

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