Saturday, July 3, 2010

More Than a Movie Title

I highly recommend seeing the movie, Invictus. It gave me an even greater appreciation for Nelson Mandela and the monumental vision he had for South Africa and the entire world. This is one of the best movies I have viewed in a very long time (Hooray for Netflix!)
During his 27 years in Prison, this is the Poem Nelson Mandela recited each day... as you will note, this is more than a title for a recently popular movie.

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-

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