Gert Strydom

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

Gert Strydom Poems

1361. We Were On Patrol In The Desert 3/4/2011
1362. The Bushman Tracker 3/4/2011
1363. Wanting To Know If I Am All Right? 3/4/2011
1364. Roses 3/7/2011
1365. I Want You To Know 3/7/2011
1366. I Am Writing A Poem To You 3/7/2011
1367. Dad, You Were A True Afrikaner In Your Heart 3/8/2011
1368. Conversation 3/8/2011
1369. Dad, Sometimes When I Dream 3/8/2011
1370. In My Thoughts We Sit On The Veranda 3/9/2011
1371. You Say That Love Like Ours Lasts Forever 3/9/2011
1372. Enchanting With Words 3/9/2011
1373. Grandpa Danie Brand [2] 3/10/2011
1374. Grandma Lenie Brand 3/10/2011
1375. Hurry Up And Wait 3/11/2011
1376. Where They Had Passed 3/11/2011
1377. I Saw An Enemy Soldier Smoking 3/11/2011
1378. Johannesburg 1965 3/11/2011
1379. Because I Do Not Wish To Hope Again 2/15/2011
1380. Today Is Autumn, Winter And Summer 2/16/2011
1381. The Red Breasted Dove 2/16/2011
1382. When I Drive Through Laingsburg 2/16/2011
1383. Where And When Does Freedom Really Come? 2/17/2011
1384. The Peace Cannot Last 2/17/2011
1385. The Accused 2/17/2011
1386. Come Drink From Unending Waters (In Answer To A. E. Housman) 2/18/2011
1387. I Promise Everything (Parody) 2/18/2011
1388. He Could Not Stay With Me (Parody) 2/18/2011
1389. The Mill-Stream Rushes By (Parody) 2/18/2011
1390. Morning Song 2/21/2011
1391. On A Durban Street At Twilight 2/28/2011
1392. Forced Song (Parody) 3/1/2011
1393. Rain, Rain Falling 3/15/2011
1394. Sunrise Over Edenvale 3/15/2011
1395. Blessed Are Those (In Answer To Dikobe Wa Mogale) 3/15/2011
1396. Baptism Of Fire (In Answer To Dikobe Wa Mogale) 3/15/2011
1397. Chameleon 3/16/2011
1398. Cattle In The Rain 3/16/2011
1399. Near The Old Chestnut Tree 3/17/2011
1400. When I Once Knew 3/17/2011
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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