Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 30,073 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

5481. Wild Garden 8/10/2009
5482. I Saw Something Of It 7/21/2009
5483. A Forget Me Not 7/22/2009
5484. The Sweet Kiss 7/19/2009
5485. At The Zoo 7/17/2009
5486. I Dream Of A Little House 7/11/2009
5487. I Saw Him Smoke A Cigar 6/23/2009
5488. At My Second Job 7/11/2009
5489. I Want To Go Home 6/22/2009
5490. Sick-Bed 6/22/2009
5491. On A Winter Morning 6/10/2009
5492. The Storm That Hangs Threatening 6/14/2009
5493. Love Has Its Own Language 6/3/2009
5494. Some Women 6/2/2009
5495. There’s A Place With Rows Of Cypress Trees 8/12/2009
5496. Cattle In The Rain 3/16/2011
5497. Napoleon Bonaparte 8/31/2011
5498. We Live, Work And Play (Roundelay) 1/23/2012
5499. The Decimation Of The 47th Cuban / Fapla Brigade (Cavatina) 2/9/2012
5500. About Flowers And Trees 2/21/2012
5501. Street Hawker 8/11/2011
5502. Meteorology 8/9/2011
5503. When Things Change Lightning Quick 8/4/2011
5504. Moving 9/22/2011
5505. At A Time I Did Truly Love (Sextilla / Sestet) 11/1/2011
5506. Write Me A Few Words 11/4/2011
5507. My Body Is The Temple Of His Love 11/9/2011
5508. Without Change Our God Exists 11/9/2011
5509. Queuing At A Primitive Bus Stop (Englyn Proest Gadwynog) 11/10/2011
5510. A Brown Rock-Pigeon, Flutters Just Past The Porch 11/25/2011
5511. The Song Of Despair 12/2/2011
5512. Awaiting Execution (In Answer To Dikobe Wa Mogale) 3/15/2011
5513. We Have Just Arrived 3/23/2011
5514. When The Mountain With All Its Peaks Are Aflame 5/6/2011
5515. Dodoitsu Love Poems 4/26/2011
5516. Start Of A Home Invasion 4/5/2011
5517. Early Morning When The First Rays Fall (Pantoum) 5/23/2011
5518. I Want You To Stay Because You Want To 5/30/2011
5519. Farming 6/1/2011
5520. The Secretary - Bird 6/3/2011

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)

At Baalbek

(in answer to Totius, in answer to Dolf van Niekerk)

Against the crumbling six pillars stand sky-high
even at this utterly heathen sun-worshiping place,
where the colonnades do stand alone at Baalbek
I look at the bow of a Jupiter-arch
and totally desolate everything lies for the eye,
where an earthquake in 1759 brought destruction,
the extent of this place jumps into my mind

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