I’ve just recently watched the movie Invictus with Morgan Freeman playing the role of Nelson Mandela.
I was very moved by the movie and it prompted me to publish the poem Invictus here.
The poem has been inspiring to Nelson Mandela during his time in prison, helping him to “stand when all he wanted to do was lie down”.
It highlights the fact again, that we are the in charge by the way we think. We are the masters of our fate!
INVICTUS by William Earnest Henley
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.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, watch it!