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29.2.08

Invictus

This is written by Henley and was quoted by Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber-who communicated his soul through this poem on the day of his execution. Its a poem I believe, of the human spirit. One that we all have cocooned in us, but one that rarely seems to manifest, I could identify with the verses on a first read-and some of the lines were not only poignant, but spewed potency...

Out of the night that covers me
Black as a 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…


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