Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 25,699 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1161. A Flower For The Night [2] 10/7/2010
1162. It Was Much Too Hot 10/8/2010
1163. Marijuana 10/8/2010
1164. The Literary Life 10/8/2010
1165. The Blossoming 10/11/2010
1166. The Light [2] 10/11/2010
1167. A Glimpse Of God 10/11/2010
1168. Sometimes You Embrace Me With Words 10/12/2010
1169. You Are Sitting On The Veranda 10/12/2010
1170. Goodbye To Purple Covered Jacaranda Trees 10/12/2010
1171. Soldier’s Faces 10/13/2010
1172. Selecting A Reader 9/23/2010
1173. Umgababa 9/24/2010
1174. Nonqawuse 9/24/2010
1175. I Am Searching For Love Never Ending 10/4/2010
1176. Before You 10/4/2010
1177. I Saw You Building Castles On The Beach 10/4/2010
1178. As Man Left The Shore (Reply To Anthony Delius) 10/5/2010
1179. Painting 10/14/2010
1180. A Far Greater Chill 10/14/2010
1181. Voices Talking In His Head 10/14/2010
1182. Kotze Park 10/18/2010
1183. Walking Home From Town 10/18/2010
1184. Not Lying There, But Dying 10/18/2010
1185. Ibises 10/19/2010
1186. A Meerkat In The Lounge 10/19/2010
1187. I Sit In A Bar In Sixth Street (A Reply To W.H. Auden.) 10/20/2010
1188. Waiting On The Barbarians (A Reply To C.P. Cavafy) 10/20/2010
1189. The Voice 10/21/2010
1190. We Couldn’t Find Spinach Anywhere 10/21/2010
1191. At The Okavango Swamp 10/21/2010
1192. You Break Every Cliché (A Reply To Octavio Paz) 10/21/2010
1193. War Poet 10/22/2010
1194. Before The Storming Of The Casinga Trenches 10/22/2010
1195. The Honest Truth About Soldiering 10/22/2010
1196. It’s Quiet, Very Quiet In The Veldt 10/22/2010
1197. Blockhouses Had Been Erected Right Over The Country 10/25/2010
1198. From Pools Of Blood 10/25/2010
1199. Four Young Men (A Reply To Ted Hughes) 10/25/2010
1200. Will You Know About My Love For You 10/26/2010

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 ...

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Under A African Sky

The sun burns furious
and the harsh reality,
of a live in the semi desert
of the Kalahari
is set in my mind.

There are some bushes
growing in this arid land,
with red sand

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