Gert Strydom

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

Gert Strydom Poems

4401. Your Presence Is A True Delight (Common Measure Octave) 1/23/2013
4402. Almighty Lord 1/8/2013
4403. Insignificant Are The White Clouds That Pass 12/12/2012
4404. Achilles [2] 1/8/2013
4405. A Level Headed Gaze 11/11/2012
4406. A Hippo At Dawn 11/4/2012
4407. Sometimes It's As If Stars Spark In Your Eyes 10/22/2012
4408. Early In The Morning To Each Other The Doves Do Sing (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrain) 10/18/2012
4409. Some Happy People Take Holidays (Trijan Refrain) 8/1/2012
4410. Ti Amo 10/16/2012
4411. When I Call Your Heart My Home (English Sonnet) 10/3/2012
4412. What Can I Bring To You (Triolet) 9/11/2012
4413. Far Away In The Blue (Triolet) 9/11/2012
4414. It Was An Icy Winter Afternoon (Roundelay) 9/17/2012
4415. You Are At My Side Wherever I Do Go (Wreathed Octave) 9/10/2012
4416. Out Of Military Boots 9/5/2012
4417. Prayer Of An Unborn Child 7/27/2012
4418. When Winter Suddenly Comes 7/23/2012
4419. When The Stars Wink 6/21/2012
4420. The Thrush Sings Its Twittering Song 7/4/2012
4421. From The First Moment That I Saw You 6/18/2012
4422. In My Childhood Days I Pick Lilies In The Marsh 7/17/2012
4423. Snow-White Of The Veldt 5/31/2012
4424. Now That We Know That Love Claims A Prize 5/22/2012
4425. Gracious Lord, When At Night I Lie Awake 5/2/2012
4426. You Were Gone (Poet's Echo) 4/10/2012
4427. Winter (In Answer To D. J. Opperman) 5/2/2012
4428. Unmarked Is The Route 4/26/2012
4429. The Games We Play (Sijo) 4/13/2012
4430. Just Touching Your Hand (Cavatina) 4/24/2012
4431. In A Vision Once (Cavatina Sequence) 3/16/2012
4432. Daily I Crucify Him 3/12/2012
4433. On That Sunny Golden Morning (Flying Bird Sonnet) 2/28/2012
4434. Another Year Will Pass 12/30/2011
4435. Playing Mig Roulette (Cavatina) 2/9/2012
4436. The Art Of Poetry (Cavatina Sequence) (In Answer To Archibald Macleish) 3/8/2012
4437. About A Fruitful Summer (Cavatina Sequence) 3/2/2012
4438. About A Girl Called Marike (Cavatina Sequence) 2/27/2012
4439. How Do I Love You? (Cavatina) 2/3/2012
4440. As A Pretty Butterfly That Flutters (Cavatina Sequence) 2/8/2012
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 ...

Read the full of Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)


Do not look
for fairness in this life,
for you will not find it
as the reason to be living
and will seek it forever.

Do not live life
just as a passer by,
or you will not mind it

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