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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:

Invictus

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.

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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.

-Nic
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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angelickittens Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
RIP
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Uskius Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Rest in peace, man. :(
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by DailyLitDeviations in a news article that can be found here: dailylitdeviations.deviantart.… Congratulations on your DD!

Be sure to check out the other artists featured and show your support by :+fav:ing the News Article. Keep writing and keep creating.

P.S.  I realize that you, the artist, have passed on to the next plane.  I put a link to this feature here in the hopes that your friends and fans can revisit this piece, and that perhaps new readers can discover your art for the first time.
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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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JamminJo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:pray:
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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.
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TheNPOTN Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I wish you happiness. Beyond words, I wish you happiness.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will pray for you and your family. I honestly don't know what to say, other than this is a phenomenal piece of writing. So candid, so heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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MadisonnJanee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Really beautiful.
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Rosary0fSighs Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
It's very fitting that such a brave and beautiful piece has been given a DD :heart: :rose: Rest In Peace, Bill, never forgotten
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Queenstormwolf15 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember this from my english class....
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GeneratingHype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
The poem? It's taught in many schools.

- Nic
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Queenstormwolf15 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm
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GeneratingHype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
The poem is in the author's comments, and it is credited correctly. The DD was awarded for the prose piece above it (which derives its title from the poem).

-Nic
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Queenstormwolf15 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok....ok
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GeneratingHype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
?
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Queenstormwolf15 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nevermind
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
This makes me feel sad again, and hopeful again, like it did then.
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ChocoCoatedLemons Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
This is really beautiful - we all are a little better for having read something by you. Rest in Peace, you deserve it.

For anyone who isn't aware, the man in question has already passed away. To my knowledge, he faced it as bravely as anyone could hope to do.
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GeneratingHype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
To my knowledge, he faced it as bravely as anyone could hope to do.

Indeed, he did.

-Nic
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ChocoCoatedLemons Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Wow, I didn't expect a response. My condolences, he was a brilliant writer.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I remember this from that time, I was new here.
To Bill and those who proceeded him I will always be new; there is so little time for any of us.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hi Bill. I wrote this for you.

Thank you for showing us that you will be in peace.
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GeneratingHype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Thank you for honoring Pip with your words.

-Nic
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
Great and haert-wrenching piece. Thank you for sharing this very private news. I'm sorry you recieved it.
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hope those months were good ones.
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GeneratingHype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
They were the very best of his life.

-Nic
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Reading that makes me smile.
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Sierraness23 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bless you. This is the most heartbreaking thing I've read in ages.
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Allendra3 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:(
I'll remember you in my prayers.
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MetalElitism Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... Finally some prose on DA worth reading. My heart goes out to you.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
There are a number of excellent prose writers on the site. :) If you've the time and inclination, might I suggest the works of =angeljunkie and *Judah-Leonardo. In particular you might enjoy The Other Side and A Cup For Elijah.
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Writer
:iconcryplz: :clap: :tears:
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional
Well, I wasn't braced to see this when I opened the day's DDs.

Merited, though.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Writer
:salute: The only thing that could be better than this tribute, would be if Bill were still around to see it. Requiescat in pace, my friend.
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djinn98 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Thank you.
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kidomomo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
Just.
Humanity, jesus christ XD
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
And I forgot to say that with that, you're still here with us, in a sense :heart:
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I'm very glad that even though you're not here with us anymore, your work keeps making an impact on people Bill :hug:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I hope to face my own long night with such grace. :heart:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
Don't we all. :hug:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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AFineWar Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on your Daily Deviation :clap:
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Adonael Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lots of short sentences and they hit like punches. Well done! This is brilliant.
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