Gert Strydom

Bronze Star - 2,060 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

761. Even If 10/6/2009
762. Even If Every Yesterday Wants To Fade 10/5/2012
763. Even If My Life Without You Comes To A Halt 7/12/2012
764. Even If They Are Only Bringing Pain (Novelinee) 12/27/2011
765. Even If This Summer Is Like None Before (In Answer To William Shakespeare) 5/5/2011
766. Even If You Life Is Ravaged By Sin 3/16/2015
767. Even In Times Of Great Woe (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrain) 4/19/2013
768. Even The Romantic Twilight Is Lost To Us 11/30/2011
769. Even The Smallest Wild Flower (In Answer To Bonaventure Hinwood) 2/4/2011
770. Even Though 9/21/2009
771. Even Though It’s Dark Around Me 4/20/2010
772. Even When Darkness Is Around Me 4/25/2014
773. Even When I Do Not Comprehend 5/8/2014
774. Even When My Body Is Broken And I Am In Pain 6/30/2014
775. Evening Conversation 7/23/2014
776. Every Animal And The Lion And The Lamb 6/23/2009
777. Every Day I Find Something New 6/27/2014
778. Every Morning Her Windows Are Washed Clean 6/11/2014
779. Every Morning When The Day Begins 8/17/2011
780. Every Night When Darkness Comes 7/22/2011
781. Every Poem 9/17/2009
782. Every Second Day 3/2/2010
783. Every Spring (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrain) 3/5/2014
784. Every Spring After The Rain (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrain) 3/5/2014
785. Every Year It’s Like This When The Summer Comes 9/17/2013
786. Everyone Wants A Home 6/8/2012
787. Everyone Wants To Be Free 7/13/2009
788. Everyone Wants To Be Free[2] 9/7/2009
789. Everything Between Us Is Black 1/14/2011
790. Everything Else Did Cease (Berryian Poem) 3/1/2013
791. Everything Is Going To Be Wet 4/14/2010
792. Everywhere I Searched For The Words 7/30/2012
793. Everywhere I Searched For The Words [1] 7/30/2012
794. Everywhere In The Garden Flowers Grow In Bright Colours 9/14/2012
795. Evil 1/3/2010
796. Experiences At Church 5/17/2011
797. Experiences During War 10/18/2011
798. Experiences With God 7/15/2011
799. Faded Into Bliss 6/23/2009
800. Fairy Of The Night (Rosarian Sonnet) 1/17/2013
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)


I am no longer
from you,
because you have
discarded me.

When I was a boy
you forced me,
to go to war.

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