Gert Strydom

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

Gert Strydom Poems

1601. The Jump 7/6/2011
1602. Why This World Exists (In Answer To Louis Esterhuizen) 6/27/2011
1603. Lord, Help Us To Lead A Life 6/27/2011
1604. On A Close-Up Of Louis Esterhuizen, On His Verse Novel “die Onderwaterweg, ” (The Underwater Way) 6/28/2011
1605. Beauty Like Hers (Sonnet Corona) 6/28/2011
1606. Cloudburst (Terzanelle) 6/29/2011
1607. Now Is The Winter With Trees Stripped Naked 6/29/2011
1608. The Kissing From Above 6/29/2011
1609. In Spring 7/11/2011
1610. The Darkness Was Enveloping Her 7/11/2011
1611. You Are The One That Brings Joy To Me 7/12/2011
1612. When I Look At You 7/12/2011
1613. Last Night (Rondeau Redoublé) 7/12/2011
1614. Maybe I Had Forever Been Lonely 7/12/2011
1615. Have I Told You? 7/12/2011
1616. When I Found The Words 7/13/2011
1617. A Poet Tried To Shackle My Words 7/13/2011
1618. I Write To Set Thoughts And Feelings Free 7/13/2011
1619. Cosmos 7/14/2011
1620. When The İRises Bloomed At The End Of Summer 7/14/2011
1621. Experiences With God 7/15/2011
1622. In Water Tray (Dectina Refrain) 7/15/2011
1623. Sometimes It Feels As If I Am Not Really Living 7/18/2011
1624. They Hide Behind Their Kind Of Democracy 7/18/2011
1625. Little Black Girl 7/18/2011
1626. Nüremberg 7/19/2011
1627. Inhumanity Still Like Before, Marches On 7/19/2011
1628. Two Towers Lie As Rubble 7/19/2011
1629. It Isn’t Winter 7/7/2011
1630. Theatre Enactment (Parody) 7/8/2011
1631. The Seventh Day (In Answer To Louis Esterhuizen) 7/8/2011
1632. It Was A Living Guard (Parody) 7/8/2011
1633. This Morning The Rain Is Sieving Down 7/6/2011
1634. Can This Be Love? 7/20/2011
1635. Monstrosities That I Observe Among Christians 7/22/2011
1636. Every Night When Darkness Comes 7/22/2011
1637. The Fog On The Hillocks Melts Away 7/21/2011
1638. Thunder Stroke 7/25/2011
1639. When Leaves In August 7/25/2011
1640. Late Afternoon 7/25/2011
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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Under A African Sky

The sun burns furious
and the harsh reality,
of a live in the semi desert
of the Kalahari
is set in my mind.

There are some bushes
growing in this arid land,
with red sand

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