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.

by William Ernest Henley

Comments (8)

A canvas of myriad smiles but finish, ‘…He found at last, // From his own child…’ is ultimate in smile profile. Smilingly 10 for your poetic / mind child dr.sakti
lolz, , i smiled after reading..ya...the longest word in the world coz there is mile inside between s...i love thisssssssssssssssssssssss...mmmuuuaaahhhhh
No wonder this poem has become so popular it came from the wise and wonderful pen of Rajaram Ramachandran. The gift of a child's smile is a gift indeed. Warmest regards, Sandra
Your poem is truely lovely, tells a wonderful story, but a sad one, to think that the only smile that was genuine would be that of a child. If one is without ego, then the smile that eminates from that person is the same as that child. I, for one, am working on becoming without ego.....a truely happy state to be in! God Bless xxx
Dear friend, The best smile ever, the smile in the absence of guile..Just a simple smile, can indeed change a lot of things..A smile brings down hatred and leaves more space for love....Even in silence, a smile still shines ever brightly....A fantastic one....Keep up your good work! ! With lots of best wishes and love, K.Poornima
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