Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 29,864 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1801. The Bunyip 10/10/2011
1802. The Zombie 10/10/2011
1803. The Deadly Leviathan 10/10/2011
1804. The Gaggog 10/10/2011
1805. Threnody 10/11/2011
1806. The Flower’s Name 10/11/2011
1807. One Perfect Rose 10/11/2011
1808. The Small Hours 10/11/2011
1809. In The Distance Lightning Is Falling 9/22/2011
1810. That’s A Childless Madonna Staring Lifelike 9/24/2011
1811. Your Name Will Not Carry Another Meaning For Me 10/4/2011
1812. Rhyme 10/4/2011
1813. Love And Loving 10/12/2011
1814. On Her Face I See The Light Play 10/12/2011
1815. It Was The Worst That Life Could Do 10/13/2011
1816. Phantom Call 10/13/2011
1817. The Leviathan: Far, Far Down In The Freezing Deeps 10/13/2011
1818. The Sun Is Hidden (Terzanelle) 10/17/2011
1819. Johnny Goes To War 10/18/2011
1820. Experiences During War 10/18/2011
1821. Somewhere Near The Lomba River 10/18/2011
1822. Wherever Destiny Falls 10/18/2011
1823. To Become A Soldier (Didactic) 10/18/2011
1824. The Last Day Of Military Leave 10/18/2011
1825. To Her Who Once Loved Me 10/19/2011
1826. When The Sun Goes Down Late In The Afternoon (Anaphora Poem) 10/19/2011
1827. Maybe Love Has Something Similar To Lightning 10/19/2011
1828. Does The Lotus Shrink Away For Everyone? 10/14/2011
1829. Rurally God Created The Loveliest Rose 10/14/2011
1830. Vastly The Veldt, The Bush Stretches Out About Me (Idyll) (In Answer To Sir Philip Sidney) 10/14/2011
1831. It Was The Kind Of Summer Day 10/20/2011
1832. It Was A Winter Bringing Despair 10/20/2011
1833. The Waning Moon 10/20/2011
1834. I Saw It Myself (Short Verse Drama) 10/21/2011
1835. Earth’s Cycle Of Love 10/24/2011
1836. Endless God (Double Tetractys As A Cycle Or Mirror Image) 10/26/2011
1837. How Great The Palace Stands 10/26/2011
1838. God And Man (Double Tetractys) 10/26/2011
1839. Transience (Tetractys) 10/26/2011
1840. When Intimacy Is Past 10/27/2011

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 ...

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

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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