Gert Strydom Poems
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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 ...
The Hammerhead Bird
From the dark-grey when the fog hangs
with a white vapour in the early twilight
and the coots do long for the hot sun
in the marshland the hammerhead bird is busy
where he stands in the marsh like a heron
where deadly still he is stately and brown like a chicken hen
while there is nothing that passes his eye.
At the back of his head is a quiff that stands upright
where into the muddy-water he pushes his bill