Gert Strydom

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

Gert Strydom Poems

1761. You Were The One 9/20/2011
1762. I Send To You 9/20/2011
1763. They May Try To Sensor My Poetry 9/21/2011
1764. I Wrote A Verse And Thought No More 9/21/2011
1765. There’s A Light Breeze 9/22/2011
1766. There’s A Light Breeze Blowing 9/22/2011
1767. Break Of Day 9/23/2011
1768. Love Does Not Keep To Seasons 9/23/2011
1769. If Loving In Your Eyes I See 9/23/2011
1770. My Country Is In Ruins 9/26/2011
1771. How I Long Again For A Time 9/26/2011
1772. The Harsh Cursing Of Dogs 9/26/2011
1773. Your Works Display Your Righteousness 9/27/2011
1774. I Will Not Loose My Grip 9/27/2011
1775. I Wonder What Has Happened? 9/27/2011
1776. There Was A Particular Day 9/28/2011
1777. Maybe All Of Life Is Caught In Brilliant Moments 9/28/2011
1778. Forever: If You Are Gratified 9/28/2011
1779. Dick King 9/29/2011
1780. The Great Game Massacre 9/29/2011
1781. There Was A Time 9/30/2011
1782. There Is A Void 9/30/2011
1783. Unmask Me 9/30/2011
1784. Ballade Of The Headless Man 9/29/2011
1785. Toddlers 10/3/2011
1786. The Games That We Play 10/3/2011
1787. There Is A Troublesome State Of Mind (Triolet) 10/3/2011
1788. Whenever You Away From Me To Stray (Triolet) 10/3/2011
1789. Parable For A Certain Treasurer (Allegory) 10/4/2011
1790. You Came To Me In Serenity (Rondeau Redouble) 10/5/2011
1791. When You Left My Life 10/5/2011
1792. While I Dig In The Garden 10/5/2011
1793. I Cannot Avoid You 10/5/2011
1794. At Times You Are Full Of Love (Rondeau) 10/5/2011
1795. To Sylvia Plath 10/6/2011
1796. How Vulnerable And Defenceless Man Is 10/6/2011
1797. At A Time When You Wanted To Leave On A Bright Morning (Villanelle) 10/6/2011
1798. Witchcraft: At The Light Of Day 10/7/2011
1799. I Did Not Bite The Apple To Its Core (Terzanelle) 10/7/2011
1800. Letter From Abélard To Héloïse 10/7/2011
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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