Invictus

Invictus is the Latin word for “Unconquered.” It is also a poem by 19th century English poet William Ernest Henley.  The poem is about Henley overcoming physical and emotional challenges throughout his life.  After being diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 12, Henley had his leg amputated.  The words used in this poem perfectly describe how he responded to this challenge.  I find this poem very inspiring and 

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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