Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela

 

This poem, by William Ernest Henley, inspired Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned for 27 years.  I will always be strengthened by his courage and will to live, forgive and restore.

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.

He was a father to all of humanity.  May his legacy continue to embrace South Africa and the rest of the world.  

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