Gert Strydom Poems
|4361.||Your Presence Is Strange But Familiar||12/2/2011|
|4362.||Your Smile Glitters With Beauty||9/9/2011|
|4363.||Your Smile Is Like A Negligee||6/24/2010|
|4364.||Your Smile, Your Touch, Your Glance (Cavatina)||4/2/2012|
|4366.||Your Works Display Your Righteousness||9/27/2011|
|4368.||Zimbabwe Frightened You||8/28/2010|
Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)
While the night stretch black over me
and in the dark sky I see countless lights
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 ...
The Red Arum Lilies
The red arum lilies that I did bring to you
you pressed into the ground at the garden-flat
as if you wanted to forget me
and when we later did marry and live together
you found those flowers again,
did know of a better place for them
and pulled them one after the other out of the ground
and planted them at the palisades in a row.