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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- To You Who I Do Really Know (Free Verse ...
- In Your Dreams You Do Come Into My Thoug...
- A Heartland Verse For My Darling (Free V...
- In All The Seasons (Octave)
- On A Day That It Did Snow (Octave)
- At Times Longing Brings A Kind Of Pain
- Apocrypha: Psalm 21
- Apocrypha: Psalm 20 (1)
- Apocrypha: Psalm 20
- Sometimes You Seem Collected And Meek (W...
- I Try To Penetrate Your Pleasant Guise (...
- I See You With The Light (Octave)
- While Your Tears And Laughter In Moments...
- The Day In Front Of The Pulpit (Octave)
Gert Strydom Poems
Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henl...
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
But Then I Met You
Once I loved a girl, who left me for another man and that deceit
Angel Of The Morning Light
Angel of the morning light, the sun is up and the sun is bright and still I see you sleep
Satellite observe mist cloud unexpectedly reactor flaming.
I A sailor on a yacht upon the wide ocean
At Times Love Has Visited Me
At times love has visited me and left, left me and has gone away. It has gone to different shores,
A Distressful Day Finds Me
a Distressful day finds me and at work the air conditioner is on and I am catching flue
Water is my favourite drink, At times the best thing to quench a thirst That comes to me suddenly, Even though it's abundantly available
A Flower For The Night
I dreamed about a magical garden where an assortment of flowers grows with the most beautiful colours and hues, delicate leaves and shapes
“where Have All The Soldiers Gone? Gone ...
I read the entry line above your poem and know that true soldiers live on sometimes as legends of a place and time,
Living In A World Of Our Own
How long ago has it been, since the day that you wore a red dress outside that glass citadel where the hopes and dreams of nations
Nightmares (English Sonnet)
There sometimes is really bad kind of dreams which you want to avoid, to be waking, when in your ears you hear your own screams, while your body, mind and soul is aching
I Love You (Villanelle)
(after Elizabeth Barrett Browning) I love you with feelings that are true and right, as our relationship has come with Godly grace, I do love you through every day and night,
An Abandoned Bundle (In Answer To Mbuyi...
In a chilling world where man is nothing more than a mere animal it may be true
Under A African Sky
The sun burns furious
and the harsh reality,
of a live in the semi desert
of the Kalahari
is set in my mind.
There are some bushes
growing in this arid land,
with red sand