Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 20,319 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

5201. Nature Haiku’s 5/27/2013
5202. That You Are A Wonderful And Beautiful Woman 1/27/2014
5203. Stopping At The Woods On A Snowy Evening (Cavatina) 5/22/2013
5204. Another Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries (In Reply To A.E. Housman) 11/4/2010
5205. I Have To Escape From The City's Roaring Din 2/20/2013
5206. Queen Victoria 10/25/2010
5207. Beautiful Girl (A Reply To Octavio Paz) 12/4/2009
5208. From This City I Want To Escape (Free Verse Quatern) 12/9/2011
5209. To Me You Are The Most Beautiful Woman 5/10/2012
5210. Of You I Have A Kind Of Knowledge 8/28/2012
5211. A Dentist 10/14/2015
5212. Precious Jesus, Take My Hand (Rubiyat / Persian Quatrain) 4/2/2015
5213. Virginia Woolf 6/21/2017
5214. So Its Been Twenty Years 11/8/2009
5215. A Resting Place 6/29/2009
5216. South Africa Is Also My Country 12/30/2011
5217. At A Restaurant 6/17/2009
5218. No New Horizons Catches His Eyes 11/21/2011
5219. Flickering The Flame Of A Candle Burns 9/11/2014
5220. The Rugby Player 12/2/2010
5221. Gentling A Wildcat 9/22/2009
5222. It Was The Way You Were (Terzanelle) 7/27/2010
5223. Water (Acrostic) 3/22/2012
5224. A Man Of Integrity 11/13/2009
5225. An Abandoned Bundle (In Answer To Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali) 7/7/2011
5226. I Love You (Villanelle) 10/2/2012
5227. Nightmares (English Sonnet) 11/21/2011
5228. Living In A World Of Our Own 2/28/2011
5229. “where Have All The Soldiers Gone? Gone To Graveyards Every One” 5/4/2010
5230. A Flower For The Night 6/2/2010
5231. Life[2] 12/4/2009
5232. At Times Love Has Visited Me 12/3/2016
5233. Space Haiku’s 4/26/2011
5234. But Then I Met You 6/2/2009
5235. Angel Of The Morning Light 6/4/2009
5236. Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley) 12/2/2009

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)

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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