Monday, January 3, 2011


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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

William Ernest Henley 1849-1903

I dedicate this poem to my family this year. In my opinion, this is a beautiful poem that inspires strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. Life is filled with adversity, true grace and happiness is standing up when it is the last thing you want to do but you do it anyway.

Three things I hope for my family this year:

  1. Personal Strength
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Peace
For that matter, I dedicate this poem and those three things to all that read this post. Happy New Year.


Myrna R. said...

I love this poem. Thank you for posting it.

I hope you and your family find comfort in it.

Tess Kincaid said...

Synchronicity. My WT actually sang this at the dinner table on Christmas Eve at the manor.