Gert Strydom

Bronze Star - 2,574 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

81. A New Spring (In Answer To Ernst Van Heerden) 9/6/2011
82. A New Year 12/30/2010
83. A New Year Prayer 1/21/2013
84. A News Editor Do Not Pray For Good Things 5/7/2013
85. A Nightmare Or What? (Sonnetina Tre) 6/28/2013
86. A Paean For My Country 12/30/2011
87. A Painting 7/8/2013
88. A Painting In A Shop 7/8/2013
89. A Parrot Called Chicken 2/27/2010
90. A Perfect Moment 10/14/2013
91. A Phenomenon 11/2/2012
92. A Phosphorus Projectile Explodes 7/18/2012
93. A Picture Lingers With Me 1/20/2013
94. A Place Far Away From This Dark Age 5/2/2013
95. A Place For You 5/19/2010
96. A Place In The Sun 3/15/2013
97. A Poem During War (Cavatina) (In Answer To Archibald Macleish) 3/8/2012
98. A Poem For Zimbabwe 6/27/2014
99. A Poem On Honeymoon 8/7/2014
100. A Poem On My Darling’s Birthday 2/25/2014
101. A Poet Tried To Shackle My Words 7/13/2011
102. A Police Road Block 9/14/2010
103. A Prayer For The Earth (Rondine) 3/5/2013
104. A Prayer In The Summer Of My Life 7/31/2012
105. A Precise Woman 9/30/2010
106. A Psalm 2/14/2011
107. A Psalm In The Twenty First Century (Virelay) 3/7/2013
108. A Ray Of Sunlight 9/28/2009
109. A Real Life Nightmare 7/24/2009
110. A Reminiscence 6/23/2009
111. A Resting Place 6/29/2009
112. A Scrapbook 1/20/2010
113. A Season Out Of Time 3/18/2010
114. A Sheaf Of Red Roses 7/24/2009
115. A Sheer Loveliness Was Hers (Cavatina Sequence 5/23/2013
116. A Sheer Loveliness Was Hers (Cavatina Sequence) 5/23/2013
117. A Sheer Loveliness Was Hers (Cavatina Sequence) [1] 5/23/2013
118. A Shot Rang Out Like Lightning Out Of A Gun 5/27/2010
119. A Small Bird Sang Its Lovely Carefree Song (Novelinee) 12/12/2012
120. A Small Tear Falls 10/31/2012
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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