Gert Strydom

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

Gert Strydom Poems

4681. The Barn 3/17/2015
4682. I Believe There Is A Place Called Zion (Sonnet) 3/17/2015
4683. Hers Is A Clean Kitchen 3/19/2015
4684. Amor Vincit Omnia (Collins Sestets) 5/14/2014
4685. On The Highway A Female Traffic Cop Pulls Me Off 7/17/2014
4686. Today My Heart Rejoices 8/6/2013
4687. There Is Something Great To Gardening (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrain) 10/10/2013
4688. To Me You Are The Most Precious And Beautiful Women 1/9/2014
4689. Every Spring (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrain) 3/5/2014
4690. Its Autumn (Decastich) 6/6/2013
4691. On Some South African Afrikaans Published Poets (Catena Rondo) 5/30/2013
4692. When The Past Day Does Still Linger In Thoughts 5/3/2013
4693. A Nightmare Or What? (Sonnetina Tre) 6/28/2013
4694. Quadrature Of The Circle 6/24/2013
4695. Perfect Love (Sicilian Quintain) 12/7/2012
4696. Sperm Cells (Rondelet) 11/2/2012
4697. Sometimes Its As If My Childhood Days Come Back 10/30/2012
4698. The Young Farmer 11/11/2012
4699. The Blue Jay 7/24/2012
4700. Diving Board 8/13/2012
4701. In The Sandy Desert We Were Silent 6/29/2012
4702. At The First Sign Of Early Morning Light (Sicilian Septet) 2/17/2012
4703. Thunder (Cinquain) 1/25/2012
4704. There Are White Flowers In Her Hair 12/29/2011
4705. The Raven (In Answer To Edgar Allan Poe) 1/3/2012
4706. The Masked Ball (Koan) 9/23/2011
4707. Intimations Of Immortality (In Answer To William Wordsworth) 10/14/2011
4708. When Leaves Fall In Autumn 8/16/2011
4709. Two People Separate 6/30/2011
4710. My Clothes, My Shoes Fit From The Shelve 7/20/2011
4711. When The Month Of March Comes 5/9/2011
4712. Something About The Girl Called Spring (Sonnet Corona) 6/21/2011
4713. Memory To Eugène Terreblancé At Rooigrond Prison 4/29/2011
4714. I Saw Young Men Keeping Courage In The Grim Night (Villanelle) 1/4/2011
4715. The Signatory 12/8/2010
4716. At The Dark Hour 10/15/2010
4717. Today I Am Sixteen Again 8/20/2010
4718. Going To Church 8/2/2010
4719. Parachute Jump 4/28/2010
4720. Elegy For Love 12/31/2009
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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