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I find myself in a contemplative mood as I consider the national and international outpouring of love and respect for Nelson Mandela. I too celebrate the remarkable achievements that this man spearheaded and the character that he demonstrated. Sadly through, I mourn the fact that although we may revere his attitude and passion,few of us do little to emulate it, preferring to hang on to grievances and feeding on hate.

This poem 'Invictus' (Unconquered, Undefeated) by William Henley was one that inspired Mandela; he had it written on a scrap of paper in his prison cell while he was incarcerated for 27 years on Robben Island.

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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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2657 W: 72 N: 6435] (29246)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-01-26
  • Categories: Nature, Artwork
  • Exposure: f/22, 1/2 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-12-08 1:23
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