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I have been inspired by the people taking part in the Invictus Games

and very impressed by the man that Prince Harry is and his 'ordinary' attitude. I am not going to rant on about his mother, because that is a different story, and he is his own man. But I decided to look up the origins of the 'INVICTUS' and came across this poem - which I think is so inspirational that I have printed it and taped it where I can see it daily........

"Invictus" is a short Victorian poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

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 bludgeoning 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
Yes, it's a very inspirational poem, and empowering too.

However, re the Invictus games, I can't bear to watch them as they just make me SOOOOOOO angry that these young men and women have been crippled and mutilated in such utterly POINTLESS wars etc etc.

Prince H seems to be doing his best in difficult circumstances. I hope he doesn't marry the American woman however, but there you go. That's probably my age showing more than anything! I can understand why she represents 'escape' for him.

I'm a huge fan of the TV comic series The Windsors and I think that probably indicates a fair number of 'truths' about the royals, in a kind of sarky but fundamentally quite affectionate way.
I understand the futility of war - I was almost in tears when Prince Harry mentioned the ones that didn't come home

My sons lost a very, very close friend in Afghanistan - he was killed giving covering fire to his men.

My youngest son said to me " I can't understand how my friend is someone else's enemy"

I thought that was very profound.

I have this Royal Marine's sofa, not sure how or why, it is old, and racketty and the joints keep coming adrift, but a whack with a hammer puts it back - we can't get rid of it, it belonged to our friend who was someone else's enemy.
Indeed, very profound, Mary. A beautiful poem too. Must admit I have never heard of the poet.

I have been watching the Games and found them most inspiring, regardless of the politics behind them. I went to the Paralympics when it was in London and found the wheelchair rugby amazing. All done to the accompaniment of loud rock music.
We went to the Paralympics in London too, and saw blind long jumping... amazing. They have a partner who makes a series of sounds and when the sounds stop they leap...!!! S o trusting.
I did register to volunteer at the Canadian Invictus but it was quite complex, then they started asking for other languages so I opted out :( Will do something like it one day, I hope
I tried to volunteer for the Olympics in London, MrsA, but they wanted commitment over a six-week period and possibly blood. I gave up in the end in the process ....

Longjump sounds amazing though!