49th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 49th Virtual Poetry Circle.

We’re nearing the 50th post for the Virtual Poetry Circle, which means a giveaway is on the horizon.

Also, today’s my 3rd blogiversary!  I can’t believe how time flies.  Look for a giveaway soon.

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

In honor of my recent viewing of Invictus with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, I want to highlight William Ernest Henley‘s poem of the same name:


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.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles, check them out here. It’s never too late to join the discussion.


  1. You read that poem and you just get this feeling that one can overcome any obstacle.
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  2. Happy Blogversary Serena!! Your blog is wonderful 🙂

    I really like this poem, especially ‘And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid’. For me its about inner strength and persevering through hard times.
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  3. 3 years, that’s quite an accomplishment. Congrats!

  4. Happy anniversary!
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  5. Wow, here I was, supposedly just stopping by to say Happy BIG THREE Blogoversary! and then I read the poem and was just amazed. I had no idea all those famous phrases came from that one poem! I’m off to go read Wikipedia about this guy. Thanks so much for bringing a light to poetry today, and for all these years now!
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    • Thanks! I had always heard some of these lines and then I watched the movie Invictus and found out that Mandela had loved the poem! I had to look it up!