Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 16,043 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1081. You Are Sitting On The Veranda 10/12/2010
1082. Goodbye To Purple Covered Jacaranda Trees 10/12/2010
1083. Soldier’s Faces 10/13/2010
1084. Selecting A Reader 9/23/2010
1085. Umgababa 9/24/2010
1086. Nonqawuse 9/24/2010
1087. I Am Searching For Love Never Ending 10/4/2010
1088. Before You 10/4/2010
1089. I Saw You Building Castles On The Beach 10/4/2010
1090. As Man Left The Shore (Reply To Anthony Delius) 10/5/2010
1091. Painting 10/14/2010
1092. A Far Greater Chill 10/14/2010
1093. Voices Talking In His Head 10/14/2010
1094. Kotze Park 10/18/2010
1095. Walking Home From Town 10/18/2010
1096. Not Lying There, But Dying 10/18/2010
1097. Ibises 10/19/2010
1098. A Meerkat In The Lounge 10/19/2010
1099. I Sit In A Bar In Sixth Street (A Reply To W.H. Auden.) 10/20/2010
1100. Waiting On The Barbarians (A Reply To C.P. Cavafy) 10/20/2010
1101. The Voice 10/21/2010
1102. We Couldn’t Find Spinach Anywhere 10/21/2010
1103. At The Okavango Swamp 10/21/2010
1104. You Break Every Cliché (A Reply To Octavio Paz) 10/21/2010
1105. War Poet 10/22/2010
1106. Before The Storming Of The Casinga Trenches 10/22/2010
1107. The Honest Truth About Soldiering 10/22/2010
1108. It’s Quiet, Very Quiet In The Veldt 10/22/2010
1109. Blockhouses Had Been Erected Right Over The Country 10/25/2010
1110. From Pools Of Blood 10/25/2010
1111. Four Young Men (A Reply To Ted Hughes) 10/25/2010
1112. Will You Know About My Love For You 10/26/2010
1113. With Some Grand Imaginings 10/26/2010
1114. In The Fruit And Veg 10/26/2010
1115. The Eagle 10/27/2010
1116. The Gliding Death Angel 10/27/2010
1117. A Lonely Young Boy Herds Some Cattle 10/27/2010
1118. Lord, I Know That Even In Impossibilities You Are Able To Act 10/28/2010
1119. Freedom (In Answer To A.G. Visser) 10/28/2010
1120. Tracks (In Answer To A.G. Visser) 10/28/2010
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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