Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 15,978 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1401. Thinning Out 3/22/2011
1402. Drought 3/22/2011
1403. Prayer For A Ruined Earth 3/22/2011
1404. The Marsh 3/23/2011
1405. Beyond The Days Of Yore 3/23/2011
1406. David (In Answer To Johan Steyn) 3/24/2011
1407. If Birth (In Answer To Johan Steyn) 3/24/2011
1408. Psychiatry Or Is It Not? (Parody) 3/24/2011
1409. Nobody Even Dared Him 3/25/2011
1410. In Nagasaki 3/25/2011
1411. Hiroshima Almost Returning 3/25/2011
1412. I Saw More Than A Dozen Of The Bomb Of Bombs Being Loaded 3/25/2011
1413. Now 3/28/2011
1414. Let Me Adore You For Much More 3/28/2011
1415. How I Love Thee 3/28/2011
1416. Leaves 3/29/2011
1417. The Secret War That Is Raging In South Africa 3/29/2011
1418. Signs Of The Time 3/29/2011
1419. Chernobyl 3/30/2011
1420. A Dying Soldier 3/31/2011
1421. Just Another Flight 3/31/2011
1422. The Night Is Full Of Brown Ratel Armoured Cars 3/31/2011
1423. Trench Charge 3/31/2011
1424. A Birthday: Far Too Long 4/1/2011
1425. Poem On My Birthday 4/1/2011
1426. Time Passes Him (English Ballade) 4/1/2011
1427. It’s April 4/1/2011
1428. Five Ballades With A Prologue 4/4/2011
1429. What Did I Know? 4/5/2011
1430. There Isn’t Always Meaning 4/8/2011
1431. In Each And Every New Day 4/8/2011
1432. Caryatids 4/8/2011
1433. Grave Desecration 4/8/2011
1434. Requiem For A Rainy Day 4/11/2011
1435. Wind Bride 4/11/2011
1436. Seasons 4/11/2011
1437. And The Island Said 4/12/2011
1438. The Exiles 4/12/2011
1439. The Girl 4/12/2011
1440. We Fit Into Each Other 4/13/2011
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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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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