Unconquered (and inspired)
While serving 27 years in prison Nelson Mandela recited this poem.
After his release he went on to become President of South Africa and a champion for human rights.
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...