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.
I have carried this poem around with me everywhere I go since the first time I heard it. I can't remember the first time I heard this poem, but it has had such a huge impact on my life.
The last two lines;
"I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul"
They really hit home, and made me realise that I am in control of everything in my life. If something goes wrong, it went wrong because of the decisions i've made. Equally, if something great happens, it is all because of my decisions.
Also, it means to me that I cannot be influenced by anyone else. I am in complete control of what I want to do.
I'm not a massive poetry fan, but this has got to be hands down my favourite poem.