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from conan - Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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I didn't write this, and I don't know why I'm posting it as I'm sure most members of this site have read it hundreds of times. It is one of my favorite poems of all times though, and I always felt a kinship with the man I imagined telling it, even when this poem was used as an example of what I should strive NOT to be. Anyways, if anyone hasn't read this yet, enjoy William Ernest Henley's 'Invictus'

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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from GoldenMic
Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 09:53

I can certainly see why that stirs you. So few words to capture the emotions of one who has lost so much and still keeps on fighting. Excellent. Thanks.
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from rainy
Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 04:29

Thank you Conan. Those are powerful words. Thanks for putting them here.
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from Oddman
Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 01:36

Every time I hear a mention of this, I recite it. If I'm wearing a hat, I remove it and lay it on my chest. People have always wondered why.
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from madly
Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 13:28


I have always related to that poem as well and I believe, with our past, it is easy to understand why so many would. We had to decide to be strong enough to be "the master of our fate" in order to leave and live a life we designed.
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From Samuel
Saturday, April 14, 2007, 17:13


You are right, both of you. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be the "master of your fate". But that's exactly what Berg was so afraid of. He wanted to be the master of our fates.(reply to this comment

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