Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 14,827 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

361. Ashes To Dust 9/8/2009
362. Asymmetry 4/3/2012
363. At 52 The Nuts Of My Country Are Stripped 7/25/2016
364. At 52 The Nuts Of My Country Are Stripped [2} 7/25/2016
365. At A Burnt Out Double Storey House (Fay Slimm Form / Decanelle) 5/31/2011
366. At A Certain Bar 11/8/2009
367. At A Enemy Airfield 6/5/2011
368. At A Koi Pond In A Nursery 6/2/2009
369. At A Pan At Night 5/11/2010
370. At A Prize Giving Speech 10/15/2012
371. At A Restaurant 6/17/2009
372. At A Rock Music Concert 9/7/2010
373. At A Stop Sign There’s A Red Toyota 6/4/2010
374. At A Time Everything Was Right, Pure And Clear (In Answer To Ernst Van Heerden) 12/8/2010
375. At A Time I Did Truly Love (Sextilla / Sestet) 11/1/2011
376. At A Time I Wanted To Flee Away From You 10/28/2013
377. At A Time I Was Caught 3/22/2013
378. At A Time When All Of My Hope Seemed Gone 8/6/2012
379. At A Time When You Wanted To Leave On A Bright Morning (Villanelle) 10/6/2011
380. At A Time You Were Only Part Of A Dream (Strambotto Romagnuolo) 9/6/2012
381. At A Utter Lost In My Own Country (In Answer To Kelwyn Sole) 4/28/2011
382. At Bethesda 6/1/2010
383. At Birth 1/15/2014
384. At Birth We Come Into This Life Alone (Rubiyat / Persian Quatrain) 6/8/2015
385. At Cape Point 8/24/2010
386. At Church Square He Stands 10/30/2013
387. At Dusk 9/23/2013
388. At Dusk 2 12/5/2015
389. At Dusk The Old Zinc Roof Creaks 6/9/2011
390. At Dusk When The Weavers Rollicked In The Back Yard 7/3/2014
391. At False Bay (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrains) 5/19/2015
392. At First Light They Started To Climb -new- 7/13/2017
393. At Grass 8/13/2012
394. At Half Past Five After Work (Sonnet) 10/13/2016
395. At Headquarters 1/2/2012
396. At Heart (Sicilian Septet) 8/14/2014
397. At Home You Are Already Asleep, 3/1/2013
398. At Hout Bay The Fishing Trawler Sails Out 12/23/2010
399. At Houtbay Beach 4/15/2010
400. At Lambert's Bay 1/17/2017
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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Fatherland

I am no longer
from you,
because you have
discarded me.

When I was a boy
you forced me,
to go to war.

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