Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 18,140 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

4561. Come To Our Flower-Garden 4/18/2013
4562. What You Make Of Your Life 4/11/2013
4563. One Winter At The Sea [2] 4/3/2013
4564. Children Carry Cellular Phones And Pistols 3/18/2013
4565. There Is A Place Where Everything Comes Together 3/28/2013
4566. Probius (Nonce Sonnet) 2/25/2013
4567. Elementary Thoughts 3/7/2013
4568. Woman With The Cello (In Answer To Johann Johl) 2/1/2013
4569. Today I Saw An Old Man 2/4/2013
4570. While The Eland Gives Its Last Convulsions 2/19/2013
4571. Your Presence Is A True Delight (Common Measure Octave) 1/23/2013
4572. Almighty Lord 1/8/2013
4573. Insignificant Are The White Clouds That Pass 12/12/2012
4574. Achilles [2] 1/8/2013
4575. A Hippo At Dawn 11/4/2012
4576. A Level Headed Gaze 11/11/2012
4577. Early In The Morning To Each Other The Doves Do Sing (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrain) 10/18/2012
4578. Sometimes It's As If Stars Spark In Your Eyes 10/22/2012
4579. Ti Amo 10/16/2012
4580. Some Happy People Take Holidays (Trijan Refrain) 8/1/2012
4581. When I Call Your Heart My Home (English Sonnet) 10/3/2012
4582. It Was An Icy Winter Afternoon (Roundelay) 9/17/2012
4583. What Can I Bring To You (Triolet) 9/11/2012
4584. Far Away In The Blue (Triolet) 9/11/2012
4585. Out Of Military Boots 9/5/2012
4586. You Are At My Side Wherever I Do Go (Wreathed Octave) 9/10/2012
4587. Prayer Of An Unborn Child 7/27/2012
4588. When Winter Suddenly Comes 7/23/2012
4589. The Thrush Sings Its Twittering Song 7/4/2012
4590. In My Childhood Days I Pick Lilies In The Marsh 7/17/2012
4591. When The Stars Wink 6/21/2012
4592. From The First Moment That I Saw You 6/18/2012
4593. Snow-White Of The Veldt 5/31/2012
4594. Now That We Know That Love Claims A Prize 5/22/2012
4595. Gracious Lord, When At Night I Lie Awake 5/2/2012
4596. You Were Gone (Poet's Echo) 4/10/2012
4597. Winter (In Answer To D. J. Opperman) 5/2/2012
4598. Unmarked Is The Route 4/26/2012
4599. The Games We Play (Sijo) 4/13/2012
4600. Just Touching Your Hand (Cavatina) 4/24/2012
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 ...

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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

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