Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Moments - Invictus

Last night my husband and I watched 'Invictus'. It was thought provoking and inspirational. I highly recommend it.

'Invictus' tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country.

The word Invictus is Latin for unconquered. The movie is titled 'Invictus' after a poem written by William Ernest Henley. A poem that gave Nelson Mandela strength and hope during his 30 year unjust incarceration.

As a writer and lover of poetry, I think this is one of my new favorites. I give thanks to God daily, for my own unconquerable soul!

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.

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Frieda Loves Bread said...

Thank you for the poem and the movie recommendation! A very timely poem with our youth's activity theme is: "Be Strong & of Good Courage."

Carolyn said...

My husband and I watched that the other day too. Very good. Very inspiring.

Kelly Nordfelt said...

This movie is one of Kye and myself's favorites. Very inspirational. I am glad you wrote down that poem because I have wanted to get it! So thanks!

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