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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 12:10 AM
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Invictus - William Ernest 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.
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 12:47 AM
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1. This was the first poem I ever memorized; I think it was the eighth grade.
Now it seems like a libertarian yowl.
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 12:55 AM
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2. I'd never heard of it,til I read how it had inspired Nelson Mandela
during his 27 years of imprisonment.

At Robben Island, Mandela recited this poem and taught other prisoners these defiant lines; reading such words puts life in you, Mandela says.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 01:02 AM
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3. My dear Swede...
This is one of my big time favorites...thank you for posting it.

Its strength has helped me...

:hug:
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av8rdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 08:07 AM
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4. That poem also served as Timothy McVeigh's final words
A shame such a POS tried to stain such a great work of poetry.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 11:43 PM
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5. Anyone seen the movie? I need to know if my parents would like it.
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