Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 20,251 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

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

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Life

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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