Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 9,668 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

121. A Real Life Nightmare 7/24/2009
122. A Reminiscence 6/23/2009
123. A Resting Place 6/29/2009
124. A Room In The Past 1/5/2016
125. A Scrapbook 1/20/2010
126. A Season Out Of Time 3/18/2010
127. A Sheaf Of Red Roses 7/24/2009
128. A Sheer Loveliness Was Hers (Cavatina Sequence 5/23/2013
129. A Sheer Loveliness Was Hers (Cavatina Sequence) 5/23/2013
130. A Sheer Loveliness Was Hers (Cavatina Sequence) [1] 5/23/2013
131. A Shot Rang Out Like Lightning Out Of A Gun 5/27/2010
132. A Small Bird Sang Its Lovely Carefree Song (Novelinee) 12/12/2012
133. A Small Tear Falls 10/31/2012
134. A Snowflake (Tritina) 12/28/2011
135. A Snow-White Dove 7/9/2014
136. A Song Of Joy Sounds Up 9/18/2012
137. A Song Of Sadness 12/5/2011
138. A Spoilt Rich Woman (Tyburn) 2/16/2012
139. A Spring Evening 9/28/2010
140. A Star Did Fall Out Of The Heaven 9/21/2016
141. A Statesman: Then And Now 2/28/2010
142. A Story True At Times (In Answer To Marge Piercy) 11/30/2010
143. A Strange Dream (Triolet) 7/25/2016
144. A Stroll At Sea Point 3/10/2010
145. A Struggle For Survival 5/15/2013
146. A Sudden Stare 9/15/2011
147. A Swarm Of Swallows 7/24/2012
148. A Terzanelle To An Island Girl 9/3/2010
149. A Theologian 10/14/2015
150. A Three Double Session On A Sunday In Cape Town (Parody) 2/2/2011
151. A Thunderstorm Claps Outside 10/16/2009
152. A Token 7/28/2011
153. A Toll To Pay 6/2/2009
154. A Touch (Rubliw) 12/10/2014
155. A Tree (Cavatina) 8/26/2013
156. A Triad 10/21/2009
157. A Troop Of Baboons (Terzanelle) 9/7/2010
158. A Vase Of Flowers 6/8/2010
159. A View Of Spring Turning Into Summer (Hybridanelle) 6/28/2010
160. A View On Things (Cavatina Sequence) 3/19/2012
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 ...

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A Circle Of Good Men

(after Tony Harrison)

Around a table
the president, his cabinet
and some generals sit in a council of war
and these men
are traders of the bodies of boys
who have just left school

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