On August 20th, 2003,  Jim Reeves would have celebrated his 80th Birthday. 

To commemorate this occasion,   we publish a copy of a poem sent  by a member who wish  to share it with all  Jim Reeves fans.  

On June 14th, 1940 Britain was fighting the Nazi's in Europe. In  a tranquilant  Texas, a 16 year old boy wrote down part of  a very impressive  poem  written by William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), presumably  from one of his English literature classes at high school. Note the original title is "INVICTUS", Jim only copied three out of four verses!

 "One Man's Opinion of Life"

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 or cried aloud
under the bludgeonings of chance
my head is bloody, but unbound

It matters not how straight the gates
how charged with punishment the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul