Posted by: Anonymous Me | February 7, 2011

Blockbuster Monday?

So, my DVDs from Blockbuster arrived today instead of Saturday forcing me to shift my normal viewing routine. (Fear not: I consoled myself on Saturday by watching Step Up 2: The Streets, which I picked up from a charity shop. ;))

Anyhoo…I just spent the last hour and a half or so weeping my way through “Invictus”. Good grief! Any reference to Nelson Mandela makes me realize I really need to work on being a better person. Lots and lots of work. 🙂 And there’s no way, me being me, I could end this post without offering you the poem from the movie as your Bonus Poem of the Week! (One should never miss a chance to work poetry into the conversation! ;)) As a person who has often felt conquered by life and circumstance, I find this poem so moving and inspirational. Seriously, I could tear up right now!

Invictus
by: William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

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.

Lachrymosely,

Me 🙂

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  1. Love that poem!!


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