Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 21,875 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

5001. The Afterbirth 12/28/2010
5002. Awaiting Execution (In Answer To Dikobe Wa Mogale) 3/15/2011
5003. There’s A Dragon Fly 2/21/2011
5004. The Stuffed Men 2/15/2011
5005. While Bells At Twilight Toll (Parody) 2/18/2011
5006. We Have Just Arrived 3/23/2011
5007. Start Of A Home Invasion 4/5/2011
5008. When The Mountain With All Its Peaks Are Aflame 5/6/2011
5009. Dodoitsu Love Poems 4/26/2011
5010. Early Morning When The First Rays Fall (Pantoum) 5/23/2011
5011. I Want You To Stay Because You Want To 5/30/2011
5012. Farming 6/1/2011
5013. The Secretary - Bird 6/3/2011
5014. When Things Change Lightning Quick 8/4/2011
5015. Meteorology 8/9/2011
5016. Street Hawker 8/11/2011
5017. Moving 9/22/2011
5018. At A Time I Did Truly Love (Sextilla / Sestet) 11/1/2011
5019. Write Me A Few Words 11/4/2011
5020. My Body Is The Temple Of His Love 11/9/2011
5021. Without Change Our God Exists 11/9/2011
5022. Queuing At A Primitive Bus Stop (Englyn Proest Gadwynog) 11/10/2011
5023. A Brown Rock-Pigeon, Flutters Just Past The Porch 11/25/2011
5024. The Song Of Despair 12/2/2011
5025. The Decimation Of The 47th Cuban / Fapla Brigade (Cavatina) 2/9/2012
5026. About Flowers And Trees 2/21/2012
5027. Proof Of Existing Hell (Cavatina) (In Answer To Czeslaw Milosz) 6/19/2012
5028. When Suddenly You Came Along (Trijan Refrain) 8/1/2012
5029. A Cape Town Winter Day 7/23/2012
5030. Circe 5/8/2012
5031. I Love You (Wedding Vows) 8/14/2012
5032. Let Me Tell You Of My Love (Virelay) 12/12/2012
5033. Western Cape 11/30/2012
5034. The Prodigal Son [2] 1/29/2013
5035. Deep Meaning 1/16/2013
5036. Strike Of Dustbin Men 3/12/2013
5037. A Place In The Sun 3/15/2013
5038. Farmer’s Market 4/3/2013
5039. Old Man On A Bicycle 4/3/2013
5040. I Is For Immoral 7/22/2013

Comments about Gert Strydom

  • Twigs Way (12/11/2015 4:24:00 AM)

    I am trying to get in touch with Gert Strydom URGENTLY as I wish to include one of his poems (on Carnations) in a book - can anyone please help? Unless I can make contact soon the editor wants to remove it.

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  • Kayoko Kan (7/16/2012 3:16:00 AM)

    Your poems are a balm of gentle love. Thank you

  • Johan Fourie (1/11/2012 4:32:00 AM)

    Hello Gert... waardering vir jouse versameling dan. Maar soos die kind soldaat wat verwaarloos deur sy regering destyds is, verloen ons dan nie ook ons taal as daar so min van jousewerk in die moedertaal is?

  • Dickson Mseti Dickson Mseti (4/26/2010 4:25:00 AM)

    POETS HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON. LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE AND THEY ARE LIKE SOLDIERS IN WAR.THEY RESCUE EACH OTHER, HELP EACH OTHER AND DIE FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY.THANK YOU FOR BEING A POET.

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)

The Pangolin

In the veldt walking through the bushy wold
the winter was touching me with it's cold
but in the late afternoon at almost the end of the day,
the sun turned everything to a lighter gold
while zebras and impalas did run away
and the world seemed both young and very old
when a female pangolin and one of her young came across my way
and in the past of the pangolin many stories I was told.

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