By William Ernest Henley
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.
Approximately six months ago Coach Glass posted a video to social media set to the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley. No one knew at the time how significant this “poem would be for not only Wolves football but for the whole “Pack” at Lincolnton High School. The poem was written while Henley was recovering from surgery due to a childhood illness. His poems often had themes of inner strength and perseverance.
Coach Glass had no idea how important this poem would become to the Wolfpack community. We have experienced a lot of heartache and adversity over the last few months and this poem is representative of the school and community’s unending perseverance. As the poem states: “Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed”
Friday night the Wolves fought hard until the end and came home with a win. They have worked hard on and off the field and kept their heads held high, unbowed. Our Wolves know they are the masters of their fate and no matter the circumstances they will not “wince.” Although we may face adversity we are not afraid of what our future holds because we are “INVICTUS.”
Until next time…GO WOLVES!
Invictus: Latin for unconquerable or undefeated
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