Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 18,435 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

5081. Stopping At The Woods On A Snowy Evening (Cavatina) 5/22/2013
5082. I Have To Escape From The City's Roaring Din 2/20/2013
5083. Beautiful Girl (A Reply To Octavio Paz) 12/4/2009
5084. From This City I Want To Escape (Free Verse Quatern) 12/9/2011
5085. To Me You Are The Most Beautiful Woman 5/10/2012
5086. Of You I Have A Kind Of Knowledge 8/28/2012
5087. Precious Jesus, Take My Hand (Rubiyat / Persian Quatrain) 4/2/2015
5088. A Dentist 10/14/2015
5089. Virginia Woolf 6/21/2017
5090. So Its Been Twenty Years 11/8/2009
5091. A Resting Place 6/29/2009
5092. At A Restaurant 6/17/2009
5093. Flickering The Flame Of A Candle Burns 9/11/2014
5094. The Rugby Player 12/2/2010
5095. Gentling A Wildcat 9/22/2009
5096. Another Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries (In Reply To A.E. Housman) 11/4/2010
5097. Water (Acrostic) 3/22/2012
5098. It Was The Way You Were (Terzanelle) 7/27/2010
5099. Queen Victoria 10/25/2010
5100. An Abandoned Bundle (In Answer To Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali) 7/7/2011
5101. Is There An Eden Somewhere? (In Answer To Ina Rousseau) 1/19/2011
5102. I Love You (Villanelle) 10/2/2012
5103. Nightmares (English Sonnet) 11/21/2011
5104. A Man Of Integrity 11/13/2009
5105. Living In A World Of Our Own 2/28/2011
5106. South Africa Is Also My Country 12/30/2011
5107. “where Have All The Soldiers Gone? Gone To Graveyards Every One” 5/4/2010
5108. A Flower For The Night 6/2/2010
5109. Life[2] 12/4/2009
5110. At Times Love Has Visited Me 12/3/2016
5111. Space Haiku’s 4/26/2011
5112. But Then I Met You 6/2/2009
5113. Angel Of The Morning Light 6/4/2009
5114. 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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To Be Human

restrains us from the animal instinct,
the cruel, dominating overpowering thing
and unlike the lion, leopard or eagle
that has to destroy to live
we take the difficult route
where sincerity, justice, truth and love reigns
and where we deal out mercy
trying to understand the message
behind the intensity of eyes,

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