Gert Strydom Poems
Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)
While the night stretch black over me
and in the dark sky I see countless lights
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 ...
As a boy I lived in the midlands
not very far from the blue raging sea,
life was carefree without any demands,
in the mountains did find some tranquillity
and a reel and rod was like a new toy
while beautiful and lovely were the days
and the fish in the river brought some joy
while meadows and high hillocks were my ways,
while I enjoyed the summer's hot rays.