Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 16,043 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

4321. Alone I Do Awake -new- 8/17/2017
4322. Into The Dark World -new- 8/17/2017
4323. The Beauty Of Flowers -new- 8/17/2017
4324. My Life Was Dying -new- 8/17/2017
4325. The Light Focuses More Intensely -new- 8/17/2017
4326. First Voyage -new- 8/17/2017
4327. I Did Feel The Earthly Ship Tilt -new- 8/18/2017
4328. Construction -new- 8/18/2017
4329. In Natal's Midlands -new- 8/18/2017
4330. Even If Predators Do Kill (Sestina) -new- 8/19/2017
4331. As If They Are Beacons 12/28/2015
4332. What Fanciful Lives We Lead 12/29/2015
4333. While The Cold Winds Do Shake The Windows 6/19/2017
4334. I Rise To Prepare Breakfast [2] 6/19/2017
4335. No God Has Ever Love As Much As This 3/3/2015
4336. At The Forest Path 3/5/2015
4337. When The Night Takes You Away 3/12/2015
4338. Little Does It Matter What I Do 2/11/2015
4339. Out In The Veldt 11/5/2014
4340. The Coming Of The Messiah 10/30/2014
4341. Love Is Like A Gentle Smooth Pond 2/9/2015
4342. That You Are Beautiful 12/22/2014
4343. How Sadly I Have Been Absent In This Spring (Rubiyat Sonnet) 12/11/2014
4344. A Touch (Rubliw) 12/10/2014
4345. Pretoria (Cavatina) 9/16/2014
4346. Being Green 12/1/2014
4347. To Be A Explorer 10/17/2014
4348. Picking A Geranium 10/3/2014
4349. Salome (Rubiyat Sonnet) 8/20/2014
4350. Lazarus Arising (Sicilian Septet) 8/19/2014
4351. Since The First Morning Light 8/18/2014
4352. The Tar Road Lays Open 8/11/2014
4353. Around Us The Whispering Rain Falls 7/29/2014
4354. Simeon 7/25/2014
4355. There Are Many Things In Life That Bring Heartache 5/15/2014
4356. In The Heat Of Your Body 7/4/2014
4357. Winter-Night 6/13/2014
4358. The Sky Is Bright Blue 4/16/2014
4359. To My Wife (English Sonnet) 4/14/2014
4360. I Want To Go To The High-Veldt 4/9/2014
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)


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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