Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 15,728 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1441. You Lay Naked On The Bed 4/13/2011
1442. There Is A Moment In Time 4/13/2011
1443. They Were Only Doing Their Duty (Two Ballades With A Prologue) 4/14/2011
1444. Do Not Accept 4/14/2011
1445. God Full Of Mercy 4/14/2011
1446. It Is Not That God Has No Pity (In Answer To Yehuda Amichai) 4/14/2011
1447. Only Darkness 4/15/2011
1448. Rain, Rain Falling 3/15/2011
1449. Sunrise Over Edenvale 3/15/2011
1450. Blessed Are Those (In Answer To Dikobe Wa Mogale) 3/15/2011
1451. Baptism Of Fire (In Answer To Dikobe Wa Mogale) 3/15/2011
1452. Chameleon 3/16/2011
1453. Skimmers 3/14/2011
1454. Oaks 3/14/2011
1455. The Small Writer 4/6/2011
1456. The Hunting Party 4/7/2011
1457. A Hunting Expedition 4/7/2011
1458. From A Confined Perspective 4/6/2011
1459. The Coastline Did Not Need The Poem 4/18/2011
1460. The Temptations 4/20/2011
1461. On The Day That They Nailed Him To A Cross 4/20/2011
1462. Once On A Hill 4/21/2011
1463. When She Stood At The Empty Grave 4/21/2011
1464. Haiku’s At The End Of A Relationship 4/26/2011
1465. Water (Oriko) 4/26/2011
1466. Brand (Oriko) 4/26/2011
1467. At A Utter Lost In My Own Country (In Answer To Kelwyn Sole) 4/28/2011
1468. Sage 4/19/2011
1469. Pink Roses 4/19/2011
1470. That Easter Weekend On The Way Home 4/20/2011
1471. Between Bright Stars One Had Lost Its Way 4/29/2011
1472. When He Walked Into His Cell 4/29/2011
1473. The Parade 5/3/2011
1474. Hitler Deliberates With Himself 5/4/2011
1475. Prayer Of A Prisoner In A Extermination Camp 5/4/2011
1476. Beneath A Cherry Tree 5/4/2011
1477. To True Heroes 5/3/2011
1478. Even If This Summer Is Like None Before (In Answer To William Shakespeare) 5/5/2011
1479. If My Years Are Drawing To Their End (In Answer To William Shakespeare) 5/5/2011
1480. Twenty Years Have Flown (In Answer To William Shakespeare) 5/5/2011
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 ...

Read the full of Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)


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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