Gert Strydom

Silver Star - 3,633 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

761. Enemy Skirmish (Sonnet) 6/19/2012
762. Enemy Tracks (Quatern) 12/12/2011
763. Engelbrecht Decides On An Assassination Attempt (In Answer To Johan Van Wyk) 6/8/2012
764. Enigmatic People (Cavatina Sequence) (In Answer To Archibald Macleish) 3/6/2012
765. Ensnared (Cavatina) 7/4/2013
766. Epistle To Np Van Wyk Louw 8/24/2010
767. Epitaph Of A Tyrant 1/23/2013
768. Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries (In Answer To A.E. Housman) 1/10/2011
769. Epithalamium 1/10/2011
770. Errata 9/4/2010
771. Escape 1/7/2011
772. Et Memoria 8/6/2010
773. Et Memoria [2] 8/6/2010
774. Et Praeterea Nihil 12/29/2009
775. Eternal (Cavatina Sequence) (In Answer To Archibald Macleish) 3/6/2012
776. Eternal Will Our Summer Be 9/9/2009
777. Eternity Finds To Us Its Own True Way (Strambotto Siciliano) 9/6/2012
778. Evanescence 7/11/2013
779. Even If 10/6/2009
780. Even If Every Yesterday Wants To Fade 10/5/2012
781. Even If My Life Without You Comes To A Halt 7/12/2012
782. Even If They Are Only Bringing Pain (Novelinee) 12/27/2011
783. Even If This Summer Is Like None Before (In Answer To William Shakespeare) 5/5/2011
784. Even If You Life Is Ravaged By Sin 3/16/2015
785. Even In Times Of Great Woe (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrain) 4/19/2013
786. Even The Romantic Twilight Is Lost To Us 11/30/2011
787. Even The Smallest Wild Flower (In Answer To Bonaventure Hinwood) 2/4/2011
788. Even Though 9/21/2009
789. Even Though It’s Dark Around Me 4/20/2010
790. Even When Darkness Is Around Me 4/25/2014
791. Even When I Do Not Comprehend 5/8/2014
792. Even When My Body Is Broken And I Am In Pain 6/30/2014
793. Evening Conversation 7/23/2014
794. Every Animal And The Lion And The Lamb 6/23/2009
795. Every Day I Find Something New 6/27/2014
796. Every Morning Her Windows Are Washed Clean 6/11/2014
797. Every Morning When The Day Begins 8/17/2011
798. Every Night When Darkness Comes 7/22/2011
799. Every Poem 9/17/2009
800. Every Second Day 3/2/2010
Best Poem of Gert Strydom

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 ...

Read the full of Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)


Do not look
for fairness in this life,
for you will not find it
as the reason to be living
and will seek it forever.

Do not live life
just as a passer by,
or you will not mind it

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