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Greetings, dA. I was given some unfortunate news, as you may infer. I am okay, and my family is okay, and you needn't worry too terribly much. I am at peace. I am unconquerable.

Let us simply say that I have chosen to live until the Lord calls me home.

A little William Ernest Henley now:


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.


Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read and comment on this piece. Its author, William Ashley Brown, III (better known as Pip to most of us, and yet many other internet pseudonyms through the years), lost his battle with cancer in January 2010.

Rest-assured those last few months of his life were some of the happiest. Bill died with dignity, on his own terms, completely at peace with the world. His ashes were spread on Irish soil, as per his wishes, and we threw quite the lively wake as per his plans.

Bill is survived by his partner and husband, Brody, and all his loving friends and relations.

6 Nov 2012
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"For all its brevity and lack of drama, Invictus by `GeneratingHype is one of the barest bits of humanity in dA Lit." Suggester's words; I couldn't agree more.
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erfdog10 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
this... it's beautiful. I can't even say how I feel about this. not something I would usually admit, but reading this piece and hearing about its writer... it brought tears to my eyes. 
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KindergartenTeacher Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
They say a long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough. RIP to the subject of this piece and I am sorry for your loss.
TheNPOTN Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I wish you happiness. Beyond words, I wish you happiness.
TheGraveyardKey Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I admire your bravery, and I wish you happiness in your days, however many that may be.
swansisters Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am so sorry but the piece is wonderful, definitely deserving and I hope you have many days.
SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
I read this every few months. It was a bit of a shock to see it in the DDs today, but it is most deserving. I've come a long way since I first read this, when I was 18, but it still jars me to the soul. Thank you for giving us the gift of your beautiful words. Rest in peace. :heart:
Itti Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The title is apt; there is more than one way to be conquered. I think for many of us you remained invictus til the end.
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