Reverie - n. a state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream or fantasy; a visionary or impractical idea

"To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.

The revery alone will do
If bees are few." - Emily Dickinson

Saturday, February 9, 2013


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.
William Ernest Henley

1 comment:

  1. To be honest, the first time I encountered this poem was when I watched the movie of the same name. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but it was about uniting the people of South Africa after the abolishment of the apartheid via the sport of rugby. I was awed at how Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar, two men of different walks of life, drew inspiration from the poem and managed to accomplish such a feat. It goes to show the true power of words.