A poem by William Ernest Henley, 1849-1903

As most humans, I have had my share of life’s hardships. The Invictus poem struck a chord in my heart and a dark but still exhilarating and hopeful melody came to me.
The enduringly popular poem Invictus was written by the English poet William Ernest Henley in 1875. “Invictus” is a poem about resilience in the face of suffering. It is an assertion of the strength of the human spirit and the power of free will. The poem was written while Henley underwent medical treatment for tuberculosis of the bone. It can inspire us all to overcome the dark times in our lives.

The Invictus poem

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.