Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 16,772 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1801. To Sylvia Plath 10/6/2011
1802. How Vulnerable And Defenceless Man Is 10/6/2011
1803. At A Time When You Wanted To Leave On A Bright Morning (Villanelle) 10/6/2011
1804. Witchcraft: At The Light Of Day 10/7/2011
1805. I Did Not Bite The Apple To Its Core (Terzanelle) 10/7/2011
1806. Letter From Abélard To Héloïse 10/7/2011
1807. They Went Home (Terzanelle) (In Answer To Maya Angelou) 10/7/2011
1808. The Bunyip 10/10/2011
1809. The Zombie 10/10/2011
1810. The Deadly Leviathan 10/10/2011
1811. The Gaggog 10/10/2011
1812. Threnody 10/11/2011
1813. The Flower’s Name 10/11/2011
1814. One Perfect Rose 10/11/2011
1815. The Small Hours 10/11/2011
1816. Love And Loving 10/12/2011
1817. On Her Face I See The Light Play 10/12/2011
1818. It Was The Worst That Life Could Do 10/13/2011
1819. Phantom Call 10/13/2011
1820. The Leviathan: Far, Far Down In The Freezing Deeps 10/13/2011
1821. Does The Lotus Shrink Away For Everyone? 10/14/2011
1822. Rurally God Created The Loveliest Rose 10/14/2011
1823. Vastly The Veldt, The Bush Stretches Out About Me (Idyll) (In Answer To Sir Philip Sidney) 10/14/2011
1824. The Sun Is Hidden (Terzanelle) 10/17/2011
1825. Johnny Goes To War 10/18/2011
1826. Experiences During War 10/18/2011
1827. Somewhere Near The Lomba River 10/18/2011
1828. Wherever Destiny Falls 10/18/2011
1829. To Become A Soldier (Didactic) 10/18/2011
1830. The Last Day Of Military Leave 10/18/2011
1831. To Her Who Once Loved Me 10/19/2011
1832. When The Sun Goes Down Late In The Afternoon (Anaphora Poem) 10/19/2011
1833. Maybe Love Has Something Similar To Lightning 10/19/2011
1834. It Was The Kind Of Summer Day 10/20/2011
1835. It Was A Winter Bringing Despair 10/20/2011
1836. The Waning Moon 10/20/2011
1837. I Saw It Myself (Short Verse Drama) 10/21/2011
1838. Earth’s Cycle Of Love 10/24/2011
1839. You That I Love As My Very Own 10/24/2011
1840. You Are Lovely 10/24/2011
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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At The Red Traffic Light

At the traffic light he stands waiting
armed with a plastic spray bottle
that he rises to spray soap on the windscreen
to take a forced toll

on whoever stops for the red light
and this kind of thing
goes far beyond irritating
as another kind of begging

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