Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 6,476 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

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Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)

While the night stretch black over me
and in the dark sky I see countless lights
burning high,
I thank the God that made me free
to choose which light to follow as a guide.

In dark circumstance and whatever fate brings,
destiny and chance do not conquer
and I still rise wiser
to life and its things

and my will remains free
to decide where my words
and actions belong
whether they are right or wrong
and to no human I bend a knee
and in all things I only answer to Him
who Captain’s me.

[References: Invictus by William Ernest ...

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Still Life

She wears a kind of apron,
both of her hands are full of paint
where she is standing on the dark-red porch,

some shadows are burnt into the painting
and weeds bubble out at the steps,
both of her hands are full of paint

where she is observing it, does frown, and does drop the paintbrush.

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