Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 21,751 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1401. I Saw Men And Women Bowing Down (In Answer To Musaemura Zimunya) 3/18/2011
1402. Pretoria (In Answer To Mongale Serote) 3/18/2011
1403. As If Everything Is Burning To Black (In Answer To Mongane Serote) 3/18/2011
1404. Thinning Out 3/22/2011
1405. Drought 3/22/2011
1406. Prayer For A Ruined Earth 3/22/2011
1407. The Marsh 3/23/2011
1408. Beyond The Days Of Yore 3/23/2011
1409. David (In Answer To Johan Steyn) 3/24/2011
1410. If Birth (In Answer To Johan Steyn) 3/24/2011
1411. Psychiatry Or Is It Not? (Parody) 3/24/2011
1412. Nobody Even Dared Him 3/25/2011
1413. In Nagasaki 3/25/2011
1414. Hiroshima Almost Returning 3/25/2011
1415. I Saw More Than A Dozen Of The Bomb Of Bombs Being Loaded 3/25/2011
1416. Now 3/28/2011
1417. Let Me Adore You For Much More 3/28/2011
1418. How I Love Thee 3/28/2011
1419. Leaves 3/29/2011
1420. The Secret War That Is Raging In South Africa 3/29/2011
1421. Signs Of The Time 3/29/2011
1422. Chernobyl 3/30/2011
1423. A Dying Soldier 3/31/2011
1424. Just Another Flight 3/31/2011
1425. The Night Is Full Of Brown Ratel Armoured Cars 3/31/2011
1426. Trench Charge 3/31/2011
1427. A Birthday: Far Too Long 4/1/2011
1428. Poem On My Birthday 4/1/2011
1429. Time Passes Him (English Ballade) 4/1/2011
1430. It’s April 4/1/2011
1431. Five Ballades With A Prologue 4/4/2011
1432. What Did I Know? 4/5/2011
1433. There Isn’t Always Meaning 4/8/2011
1434. In Each And Every New Day 4/8/2011
1435. Caryatids 4/8/2011
1436. Grave Desecration 4/8/2011
1437. Requiem For A Rainy Day 4/11/2011
1438. Wind Bride 4/11/2011
1439. Seasons 4/11/2011
1440. And The Island Said 4/12/2011

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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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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