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Professor Randall's Note: As a teenager growing up in Texas, I could not have dreamed that one day I would be a law professor and travel the world. At that time, I lived in constant fear and abuse, exploited and demoralized. My only escape was my reading. I loved poetry. When I was about fifteen years old I read a poem which became the cornerstone of my soul. The single most important poem in my life has been Invictus. Whenever, I felt my fear was overwhelming I would recite Invictus -- reminding myself that:
I am Master of my fate. . . I am the Captain of my soul.
Out of the night that covers me,
In the fell clutch of circumstance
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
It matters not how strait the gate,