May 30, 2011

INVICTUS

Arrived home from work and found out that OSN - Orbit Showtime Network broadcast center in Dubai had a small fire that resulted to most channels not to be broadcast today. The family missed watching the usual programs including the Filipino news. For lack of something to do, we found ourselves watching an old movie entitled Invictus, a movie directed by Clint Eastwood starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The story is based on a book by John Carlin Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

After watching the movie, I promised myself to start reading Nelson Mandela's biography lying somewhere in one of our bookshelves. Just like Nelson Mandela and many others, I also found inspiration in William Ernest Henley's poem entitled INVICTUS (Latin word meaning unconquerable or undefeated).

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.

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