Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 15,728 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

4481. Night Was Coming 2/9/2011
4482. If You Walk With Me On The Promenade 2/8/2011
4483. Playing Solo 2/7/2011
4484. When I Go To The Mountains (In Answer To Bonaventure Hinwood) 2/4/2011
4485. My Window Is No Blank Surface 1/21/2011
4486. What Will Others Know? 2/1/2011
4487. Bittersweet Day That Arrives 1/7/2011
4488. I Saw Young Men, Boys Just Out Of School (Villanelle) 1/4/2011
4489. As If It Is A Jigsaw 1/3/2011
4490. Through The Eyes Of A Field Coronet (Epic) 12/31/2010
4491. Three Prayers During Spring 12/29/2010
4492. 20th Century 12/30/2010
4493. When The Breeze On The Sea And Land Is Strong 12/16/2010
4494. During A Power Failure (Limerick) 12/1/2010
4495. When I Visit Schools For Prize Giving (Limerick) 12/1/2010
4496. Now It Is Winter When Trees Are Skeleton 12/23/2010
4497. Many Voices Sing A Song (In Answer To Ha Fagan) 12/3/2010
4498. That You Have Taken Her From Me 11/25/2010
4499. A Story True At Times (In Answer To Marge Piercy) 11/30/2010
4500. During That Golden Spring [1] 11/16/2010
4501. Black Was Everything Without Any Light (In Answer To Ted Hughes) 11/19/2010
4502. Barn Owl 9/23/2010
4503. Now Do Your Worst 11/22/2010
4504. To Spring (In Reply To John Keats) 11/15/2010
4505. You Were Like A Angel Surrounded With Sunshine 11/11/2010
4506. Jakobus Le Grange Marais (A Reply To Christopher Hope) 10/20/2010
4507. You Are Always Flowering In An Endless Spring (In Answer To William Shakespeare) 11/8/2010
4508. I See The Red Pink Nebulas Of Orion 11/9/2010
4509. She Flees From Me (In Answer To Sir Thomas Wyatt) 10/29/2010
4510. It’s War In My Yard 10/19/2010
4511. On A Close-Up Of Anthony Delius, On His Questions To The Universe 10/5/2010
4512. The Gamblers 10/13/2010
4513. Crowds Of Xhosas Gathered At The Pool 9/24/2010
4514. The Beast [2] 8/18/2010
4515. Op ‘n Koppie Buite Die Stad 12/15/2009
4516. Doves Fly Past In Pairs 9/16/2010
4517. Skeletons 8/20/2010
4518. Late August 8/30/2010
4519. Long, Long Ago There Were Two People [2] 8/19/2010
4520. On Guard Duty 8/17/2010
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)

No Red Rose

But once bloomed that crimson rose
which could stand with her head held high,
against life's darkest sky.

Just once did that delicate petals spread
and soft lovely fragrance scent,
before she dropped her head.

Just once the blush on your cheek,

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