Gert Strydom

Veteran Poet - 1,920 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

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