Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 29,802 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1081. The Light [2] 10/11/2010
1082. A Glimpse Of God 10/11/2010
1083. Sometimes You Embrace Me With Words 10/12/2010
1084. You Are Sitting On The Veranda 10/12/2010
1085. Goodbye To Purple Covered Jacaranda Trees 10/12/2010
1086. Soldier’s Faces 10/13/2010
1087. Painting 10/14/2010
1088. A Far Greater Chill 10/14/2010
1089. Voices Talking In His Head 10/14/2010
1090. Kotze Park 10/18/2010
1091. Walking Home From Town 10/18/2010
1092. Not Lying There, But Dying 10/18/2010
1093. Ibises 10/19/2010
1094. The Voice 10/21/2010
1095. We Couldn’t Find Spinach Anywhere 10/21/2010
1096. At The Okavango Swamp 10/21/2010
1097. You Break Every Cliché (A Reply To Octavio Paz) 10/21/2010
1098. War Poet 10/22/2010
1099. Before The Storming Of The Casinga Trenches 10/22/2010
1100. The Honest Truth About Soldiering 10/22/2010
1101. It’s Quiet, Very Quiet In The Veldt 10/22/2010
1102. Blockhouses Had Been Erected Right Over The Country 10/25/2010
1103. From Pools Of Blood 10/25/2010
1104. Four Young Men (A Reply To Ted Hughes) 10/25/2010
1105. Will You Know About My Love For You 10/26/2010
1106. With Some Grand Imaginings 10/26/2010
1107. In The Fruit And Veg 10/26/2010
1108. The Eagle 10/27/2010
1109. The Gliding Death Angel 10/27/2010
1110. A Lonely Young Boy Herds Some Cattle 10/27/2010
1111. Lord, I Know That Even In Impossibilities You Are Able To Act 10/28/2010
1112. Freedom (In Answer To A.G. Visser) 10/28/2010
1113. Tracks (In Answer To A.G. Visser) 10/28/2010
1114. A Meerkat In The Lounge 10/19/2010
1115. I Sit In A Bar In Sixth Street (A Reply To W.H. Auden.) 10/20/2010
1116. Waiting On The Barbarians (A Reply To C.P. Cavafy) 10/20/2010
1117. On A Rainy Night 10/15/2010
1118. When Nothing Anymore Brings Me Peace 10/29/2010
1119. The Veldt Is All Around Me 11/1/2010
1120. On A Spoor 11/1/2010

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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