JP Patches was a Seattle television entertainer from the 1950’s to 2011. aka Chris Wedes, April 3, 1928 – July 22, 2012. The photo will be at my print site soon for those interested… mike-penney.artistwebsites.com
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W E Henley’s Invictus. The poem is also said to have cheered Nelson Mandela during his years of incarceration. It became the title of Clint Eastwood’s film about the South African rugby team.
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.