This is the poem that made this amazing man go through 27 years of torture and imprisonment.

Today I am going to give you some good old inspiration.

I want to share one of the most inspirational poems you will ever read. A poem that shaped policies, ended apartheid and gave hope to one of the most amazing men to have ever lived.

I am talking about William Ernest Henley’s “invictus”… the poem that kept Nelson Mandela going as he was serving his time in jail.

Here it is…check it out in all its glory:



In fact, let me do you one better.

Here is Invictus recited by Morgan Freeman in his inimitable voice:

It truly is surreal to hear him recite this poem.

I have found out that no other piece of literature gets you as self-assured during moments of emotional crisis as this poem.

Look at the first paragraph:


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.


Doesn’t matter how bad your divorce was…doesn’t matter how broken your heart is, doesn’t matter how badly you are affected mentally. Your soul will always remain intact… its still there for you unbroken.

You should never ever lose hope no matter how dark the “night” is that covers you.


In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.


Life is unpredictable….we never know what we are going to get tomorrow or day after. No one can predict that.

It is a fickle mistress after all… we are all dancing according to her whims.

One day out of nowhere it may decide to punish us and test us by making us go through unbelievable emotional pain.

But it is in this moment that you cannot allow yourself to be broken. You can be “bloody, but unbowed”.

No matter how bad your divorce is.. you have to remember to take it on your chin and also remember that you will finally have the chance to find your perfect partner.


Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms the Horror of the shade

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find me unafraid.


Yes, things can get really bad and yes it test you to your limits.

You may find yourself with a litany of troubles after divorce, you may find people taking advantage of your vulnerability.

You may find yourself getting more and more tempted by various vices.

But you will HAVE to take these challenges head on… and when these challenges do meet need to face them 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.


At the end of the day…it doesn’t really matter what tests life will take you through.. it doesn’t really matter how bad your divorce is.

Because…it has no bearing on who you are as a person and who you WILL be as a person..



You are the master of your fate.

You are the captain of your soul.


This Marg Hobby signing out. Bye!

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *