Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 15,728 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

4881. Nature Haiku’s 5/27/2013
4882. An African Experience (In Reply To Agostinho Neto) 9/21/2011
4883. That You Are A Wonderful And Beautiful Woman 1/27/2014
4884. Stopping At The Woods On A Snowy Evening (Cavatina) 5/22/2013
4885. Another Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries (In Reply To A.E. Housman) 11/4/2010
4886. I Have To Escape From The City's Roaring Din 2/20/2013
4887. Queen Victoria 10/25/2010
4888. Beautiful Girl (A Reply To Octavio Paz) 12/4/2009
4889. A Man Of Integrity 11/13/2009
4890. From This City I Want To Escape (Free Verse Quatern) 12/9/2011
4891. To Me You Are The Most Beautiful Woman 5/10/2012
4892. Of You I Have A Kind Of Knowledge 8/28/2012
4893. Precious Jesus, Take My Hand (Rubiyat / Persian Quatrain) 4/2/2015
4894. A Dentist 10/14/2015
4895. Virginia Woolf 6/21/2017
4896. So Its Been Twenty Years 11/8/2009
4897. A Resting Place 6/29/2009
4898. South Africa Is Also My Country 12/30/2011
4899. At A Restaurant 6/17/2009
4900. On A Stormy Sea 12/18/2009
4901. Flickering The Flame Of A Candle Burns 9/11/2014
4902. Amakeia 1/25/2010
4903. The Rugby Player 12/2/2010
4904. Water (Acrostic) 3/22/2012
4905. It Was The Way You Were (Terzanelle) 7/27/2010
4906. I Love You (Villanelle) 10/2/2012
4907. Nightmares (English Sonnet) 11/21/2011
4908. Living In A World Of Our Own 2/28/2011
4909. Gentling A Wildcat 9/22/2009
4910. “where Have All The Soldiers Gone? Gone To Graveyards Every One” 5/4/2010
4911. A Flower For The Night 6/2/2010
4912. An Abandoned Bundle (In Answer To Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali) 7/7/2011
4913. Life[2] 12/4/2009
4914. At Times Love Has Visited Me 12/3/2016
4915. Space Haiku’s 4/26/2011
4916. But Then I Met You 6/2/2009
4917. Angel Of The Morning Light 6/4/2009
4918. 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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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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