Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV

“Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

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“Invictus” by William E. Henley, 1875/1892

“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.”

Henley, William E. “Invictus.” Invictus. Ed. Chuck Frost. Middle Tennessee State University, 1892. Web. 8 Feb. 2013. <>.

Thank you to my cousin Mary, my fellow warrior in life, who introduced me to this poem. Conversations with you are priceless.

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Discussion (2 Comments)

  1. by Farida Haddad

    i love poetry – classic, modern, rhyming, free verse – i believe that like music it is a universal language – i did not know “Invictus” : a very powerful poem – thanks for sharing .

  2. by Mary Rose

    Bernadette, my fellow Warrior. You are a daily inspiration to myself and others, my dear cousin. I look forward to our future conversations! (Hugs)

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