Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 18,435 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

5081. I Am A Farmer 2/25/2010
5082. I Have To Escape From The City's Roaring Din 2/20/2013
5083. Queen Victoria 10/25/2010
5084. Beautiful Girl (A Reply To Octavio Paz) 12/4/2009
5085. A Man Of Integrity 11/13/2009
5086. From This City I Want To Escape (Free Verse Quatern) 12/9/2011
5087. To Me You Are The Most Beautiful Woman 5/10/2012
5088. Of You I Have A Kind Of Knowledge 8/28/2012
5089. A Dentist 10/14/2015
5090. Precious Jesus, Take My Hand (Rubiyat / Persian Quatrain) 4/2/2015
5091. Virginia Woolf 6/21/2017
5092. So Its Been Twenty Years 11/8/2009
5093. A Resting Place 6/29/2009
5094. South Africa Is Also My Country 12/30/2011
5095. At A Restaurant 6/17/2009
5096. Flickering The Flame Of A Candle Burns 9/11/2014
5097. The Rugby Player 12/2/2010
5098. Water (Acrostic) 3/22/2012
5099. It Was The Way You Were (Terzanelle) 7/27/2010
5100. An Abandoned Bundle (In Answer To Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali) 7/7/2011
5101. Nightmares (English Sonnet) 11/21/2011
5102. Living In A World Of Our Own 2/28/2011
5103. Gentling A Wildcat 9/22/2009
5104. I Love You (Villanelle) 10/2/2012
5105. “where Have All The Soldiers Gone? Gone To Graveyards Every One” 5/4/2010
5106. A Flower For The Night 6/2/2010
5107. Life[2] 12/4/2009
5108. At Times Love Has Visited Me 12/3/2016
5109. But Then I Met You 6/2/2009
5110. Angel Of The Morning Light 6/4/2009
5111. Space Haiku’s 4/26/2011
5112. Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley) 12/2/2009
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 ...

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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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