I read this poem over and over again. for me, I relate to the dark times when in extreme pain and it helps me to feel lile not giving up - RA / RD sucks... but it should not control you. you control it!

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.

by William Ernest Henley

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  • Brilliant and your poem RA sucks is good too!!

    But my rhyme with it might not be publishable!

  • I remember this poem by William Henley being recited at the Invictus games last year, I found it very moving and inspiring, thanks for posting. We all need this stuck on our wall.

  • yes!

    The invictus games was where i first heard it - and I won't lie, I cried at the speeches, messages and courage of these incredibly brave people!

    I felt I could relate to it!



  • Glad I wasn't the only one crying too!! I found all those people so inspiring.

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