In the meandering road of life
I trod upon the vehicle with some faith,
That some day I’ll reach the destination
or at least a halt in front of your gate.
Sometime back I watched a movie, Invictus. The movie is based on a book by John Carlin, Playing The Enemy: Nelson Mandela and The Game That Changed a Nation. In the movie Nelson Mandela quotes the poem Invictus, written by W.E. Henley, which inspired him to “stand when all he wanted to do was lie down.”
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.
Today I saw you there:
In my dream,
Near yet so far.
I waited and waited
For you to turn,
But you turned away.
The wait still continues,
With waking eyes.
Perhaps, patience pays…
Today morning I got up little early,
Even before the sun.
I saw something with awe and wonder:
The fading night and rising dawn.
The dormant promise has started
Opening its sleepy eyes.
Once again waking to the reality;
A subtle call (of life) in disguise.