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Day 142 - Invictus

>> Friday, January 29, 2010

Saw the movie "Invictus" yesterday. If you haven't seen it, stop reading this and go see it . . . right now. It's an amazing movie - about Nelson Mandela, about South Africa, about Rugby, about inspiration, and about breaking down the barriers between races and classes.

Also - believe me when I say it's worth the price of admission alone to hear Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela recite the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley. I'd never heard that poem before, but once I heard it I knew it would be a poem I'd remember for a long, long time . . .

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.


JTCF February 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

I find it's always hard for me to go watch serious movies. I think at the end of the week, on the odd weekend we get a babysitter, I just want to relax instead of being put through an emotional and mental wringer. I must admit, I'm a sucker for chick flicks that are mindless and fun. That said, this movie is on my list for "one day".

What a powerful poem. Thanks for sharing it!

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