Poems

A CHILD

(A child learns what he sees and perceives)

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
           
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with fears, he learns to apprehensive.
           
If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself.
If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilty.
           
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to patient.
           
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love.
If a child lives with recognition, he learns to have a goal.
           
If a child lives with friendliness, he learns that
The world is good place in which to Live.

 

INVICTUS

(A poem that speaks about determination, control on oneself and victory - written by William Ernest Henley and proved to be an inspiration for Nelson Mandela during his fight against apartheid)

"I am the master of my fate,
            I am the captain of my soul,

I am...

                    INVICTUS."

Out of the night that covers me,
            Black as the Pit from pole the pole.
I thank whatever Gods maybe
            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 & 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