I talked about this poem yesterday and what the last line means to me. I thought it might be nice to share it with all of you. I think it’s one of the most powerful poems I have ever read; it is so empowering of the reader and when I first heard Luke recite it on One Tree Hill (yes, that is where I first heard about it, I know), I just had to look up the complete text. It has had a place of honour on my desktop background ever since.
by William Ernest Henley
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.