Biography of Gert Strydom
Gert Strydom was born in 1964 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He matriculated at Estcourt High School after which he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (B.B.A.) at Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan, U.S.A.) and apart from being a poet and writer he is an accountant by profession. His predilection for poetry was stimulated by his late father who read Afrikaans poetry aloud at times, as part of his postgraduate studies at the University of South Africa. While living in Pretoria he attended the poetry writing school at the House of Afrikaans Poetry under mentorship of Prof. Ian Raper, where the other poets especially Ian Raper, Rosa Smit, Mandi Engelbrecht, André (Francois) Viljoen, Luchie Möller, Karlien van der Merwe had a great influence on the sharpening of his abilities.
Gert Strydom was called up for compulsory national service in the South African defence force (SADF) for a period of two years during the time of the South African
border / bush war and while following his profession was called up for several
compulsory camps for several months as a member of the South African Citizen’s
force and did partake in the National Colours Parade and in exercise Excalibur.
Some of his Afrikaans poetry is displayed on the Woes web page at:
Some of his English poetry is displayed at:
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- You Do Drive Me Totally Crazy (Hybridane...
- I Am Now Done And Finished
- I Cannot Forget You (2)
- Constantly I Wish With You To Be (Villan...
- In All Of This
- Every Pretty And Wonderful Intonation
- Song Of Songs For The One On Whom I Wait...
- I Remember (2)
- When Everything Jerked To A Halt
- In Memoriam To My Grandfather
- Death Coming To Earth Vexes Me
- As In My Life You Ought To Be (Triolets)
- With Sunny Smiles (Triolet)
- Like An Angel I Do Your Face View (Triol...
Gert Strydom Poems
and in the dark sky I see countless lights
I thank the God that made me free
who left me
for another man
and that deceit
the sun is up
and the sun is bright
and still I see you sleep
and no person
is really the same,
but we copy others
mist cloud unexpectedly
Apocrypha: Psalm 81
My Lord, where lights cover every city and town,
man does not anymore find for you as God a place,
as if there is no wonder to the desert and the ocean,
as if man on his own want to go through life to places.
Where the firmament up to infinity stretches out,
Your heavenly-lights almost eternally do burn in space,
where You do control everything with Your omnipotent hand
and want to draw each person closer in love to You,
man does not anymore find for you as God a place.