Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 23,106 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1361. Morning Song 2/21/2011
1362. On A Durban Street At Twilight 2/28/2011
1363. Forced Song (Parody) 3/1/2011
1364. If You Keep Straying With Unhappiness (In Answer To Koos A. Kombuis) 3/1/2011
1365. If People Fabricate Situations (In Answer To Koos A. Kombuis) 3/1/2011
1366. Smoke And Poker (Parody 3/1/2011
1367. While The Summer Sun Burns Fiercely Over Us (In Answer To Koos A. Kombuis) 3/1/2011
1368. I Write Because I Want To 3/2/2011
1369. Home Invasion In Springs 3/2/2011
1370. The State Of The Nation (In Answer To T.T. Cloete And Clinton V. Du Plessis) 3/2/2011
1371. Focus On Springs 3/2/2011
1372. It Is As If You Are Here With Me 3/3/2011
1373. How Much I Miss You 3/3/2011
1374. To Have You With Me 3/3/2011
1375. The Guard 3/4/2011
1376. We Were On Patrol In The Desert 3/4/2011
1377. The Bushman Tracker 3/4/2011
1378. Wanting To Know If I Am All Right? 3/4/2011
1379. Roses 3/7/2011
1380. I Want You To Know 3/7/2011
1381. I Am Writing A Poem To You 3/7/2011
1382. Dad, You Were A True Afrikaner In Your Heart 3/8/2011
1383. Conversation 3/8/2011
1384. Dad, Sometimes When I Dream 3/8/2011
1385. In My Thoughts We Sit On The Veranda 3/9/2011
1386. You Say That Love Like Ours Lasts Forever 3/9/2011
1387. Enchanting With Words 3/9/2011
1388. Grandpa Danie Brand [2] 3/10/2011
1389. Grandma Lenie Brand 3/10/2011
1390. Hurry Up And Wait 3/11/2011
1391. Where They Had Passed 3/11/2011
1392. I Saw An Enemy Soldier Smoking 3/11/2011
1393. Johannesburg 1965 3/11/2011
1394. Cattle In The Rain 3/16/2011
1395. Near The Old Chestnut Tree 3/17/2011
1396. When I Once Knew 3/17/2011
1397. Lament On A Sweetheart 3/17/2011
1398. And Now I See The Sun 3/18/2011
1399. I Saw Men And Women Bowing Down (In Answer To Musaemura Zimunya) 3/18/2011
1400. Pretoria (In Answer To Mongale Serote) 3/18/2011

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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One Morning I Saw A Man

One morning I saw a man
who looked at me
with red eyes
and his beard,
was unshaven and grew
rough and untamed.

The man looked familiar
and in the look in his eyes,

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