Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 18,435 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1841. How Great The Palace Stands 10/26/2011
1842. God And Man (Double Tetractys) 10/26/2011
1843. Transience (Tetractys) 10/26/2011
1844. When Intimacy Is Past 10/27/2011
1845. How Much 10/27/2011
1846. Unfortunately From Experience I Do Know 10/27/2011
1847. Sunny Day Upon Sunny Day 10/28/2011
1848. Another Kind Of Epitaph 10/28/2011
1849. The Enchantress 10/28/2011
1850. The Days Will Fly Far Too Quickly (In Answer To Dorothy Parker) 10/28/2011
1851. There Were Late Afternoons As A Child 10/31/2011
1852. You That I Love As My Very Own 10/24/2011
1853. You Are Lovely 10/24/2011
1854. To Be In The Veldt 10/25/2011
1855. The Day That The First Rain Comes In Spring 10/25/2011
1856. Ode To Spring 10/25/2011
1857. In A Dark Night Of A Cape Winter 10/31/2011
1858. There Were Late Afternoons 10/31/2011
1859. Missing Her… (Sextilla / Sestet) 11/1/2011
1860. I See You Walk Away And Disappear 11/1/2011
1861. Mutability 10/17/2011
1862. It Is In Provence That We Are Dancing 11/1/2011
1863. With Leaping Spray The Sea Explodes 11/2/2011
1864. Running On The Beach 11/2/2011
1865. At The Very End Of Night 11/3/2011
1866. During That Sunny Summer 11/3/2011
1867. There Are Times That The Walls 11/3/2011
1868. Silent Whispers 11/4/2011
1869. Take My Hand (Zanila Rhyme) 11/4/2011
1870. On A Romantic Night 11/4/2011
1871. Come Along To The Place I Love 11/4/2011
1872. Outside The Spring Is Blossoming 11/7/2011
1873. She Unexpectedly Came My Way 11/7/2011
1874. To The Evening Primrose 11/7/2011
1875. From The Moment When Life Found Substance 11/9/2011
1876. I Saw A Man (In Answer To Don Mattera) 11/9/2011
1877. Submission (In Answer To Don Mattera) 11/9/2011
1878. White Mine Worker’s Song (In Answer To Don Mattera) 11/9/2011
1879. She Has Got The Most Beautiful Eyes 11/10/2011
1880. At The River (Englyn Lleddfbroest) 11/10/2011
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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To Be Human

restrains us from the animal instinct,
the cruel, dominating overpowering thing
and unlike the lion, leopard or eagle
that has to destroy to live
we take the difficult route
where sincerity, justice, truth and love reigns
and where we deal out mercy
trying to understand the message
behind the intensity of eyes,

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