Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 7,554 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

761. Early In The Morning When The Sun Just Appears 8/15/2012
762. Early Morning 2/24/2012
763. Early Morning Ride 8/11/2009
764. Early Morning When The First Rays Fall 2/22/2012
765. Early Morning When The First Rays Fall (Pantoum) 5/23/2011
766. Early On A Winter Morning In Cape Town 10/28/2014
767. Early One Afternoon 8/1/2009
768. Early One Summer Morning 7/23/2010
769. Early Spring 9/16/2010
770. Early Spring (Italian Sonnet) 9/23/2015
771. Early Summer 2/10/2012
772. Early This Morning 6/2/2010
773. Early Wnter 5/27/2013
774. Earth’s Cycle Of Love 10/24/2011
775. Earthly Existence 8/22/2013
776. Easter Hymn (In Answer To A.E. Housman) 1/10/2011
777. Easter Song: 2011 4/20/2011
778. Eastern Transvaal 5/9/2011
779. Eclipse 6/14/2010
780. Eclipse [2] 7/22/2013
781. Edmund Clerihew Bently (Clerihew) 4/5/2012
782. Ego 1/3/2010
783. Egyptian Geese 8/23/2012
784. Eheu Fugaces 7/9/2012
785. Elegy For Love 12/31/2009
786. Elementary Thoughts 3/7/2013
787. Eli Eli Lama Sabacthani 6/22/2009
788. Emergency Prayer 3/5/2013
789. Emily Hobhouse 8/31/2011
790. Enchanting With Words 3/9/2011
791. Enchantment 8/12/2014
792. Enchantment (Nonet) 8/22/2011
793. Encounter With A Rinkhals 11/12/2009
794. Endless God (Double Tetractys As A Cycle Or Mirror Image) 10/26/2011
795. Enemy Migs 2/24/2010
796. Enemy Skirmish (Sonnet) 6/19/2012
797. Enemy Tracks (Quatern) 12/12/2011
798. Engelbrecht Decides On An Assassination Attempt (In Answer To Johan Van Wyk) 6/8/2012
799. Enigmatic People (Cavatina Sequence) (In Answer To Archibald Macleish) 3/6/2012
800. Ensnared (Cavatina) 7/4/2013
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)

Dear Lord God

Omnipotent Father who are from evermore,
who knows the future as if it had happened before,
on whom the sands of time has no effect
let we pray to you with the respect
that belongs to a deity,
while you do set us from all life's perils free
and daily in this evil world as we do dwell
let us each other of a father's love tell.

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