Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 15,728 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1881. The Day They Robbed My Car (Englyn Cyrch) (In Answer To Don Mattera) 11/10/2011
1882. Motorbike Riding 11/10/2011
1883. After The Robbery Of A Car 11/10/2011
1884. Poetess In Labour (Englyn Proest Dalgron) 11/10/2011
1885. Setting Up A Fence 11/10/2011
1886. The Condemned Prisoner (Englyn Unodle Crwca) 11/10/2011
1887. When The Sun Suddenly Stopped 11/10/2011
1888. Home Invasion By Black Thugs (Englyn Unodle Union) 11/10/2011
1889. There Comes A Time, To Us And To The City 11/11/2011
1890. When A Summer Day Begins 11/11/2011
1891. On The Mountain Slope 11/14/2011
1892. So Very Subtle And Cunningly (Italian Sonnet) 11/14/2011
1893. When She Already Catches A Putco Bus At Four 11/14/2011
1894. Demolishing 11/15/2011
1895. Vagrant 11/15/2011
1896. I Have A House Against The Sugar-Bush Hillocks 11/15/2011
1897. Hobbling Along, I See Him Coming On 11/15/2011
1898. Might I Find You Again? 11/15/2011
1899. Where Are You My Darling? 11/16/2011
1900. Witchcraft: I See Myself Reflected 11/15/2011
1901. Love, An Almost Incomprehensible Thing 11/16/2011
1902. From Severe Sorrow He Almost Went Mad 11/17/2011
1903. Under A Merciless Sun 11/17/2011
1904. As We Walked Upon The Unspoiled Beach 11/18/2011
1905. How Devoured By Disconcert And Totally Vulnerable You Can Be 11/18/2011
1906. Death Ended Everything 11/18/2011
1907. Your Gaze Is Full Of Ice (Wyatt Sonnet) 11/17/2011
1908. Long Jumper 11/17/2011
1909. Volleys Of Shots Rang Out As We Stormed 11/21/2011
1910. On A Spoor In The Desert 11/21/2011
1911. In Springs 11/22/2011
1912. Innocent White Civilian People Were Slaughtered (In Answer To Don Mattera) 11/22/2011
1913. The Day They Robbed Me Of My Life (In Answer To Don Mattera) 11/22/2011
1914. As Previously Advantaged, Now Disadvantaged 11/22/2011
1915. Let Us First Care About Our Own People (In Answer To Don Mattera) 11/22/2011
1916. Blood River (In Answer To Don Mattera) 11/22/2011
1917. Misfortune Of A Aurora East Rand Mineworker 11/22/2011
1918. God Is The Only Shepherd To Me (In Answer To L.R.) 11/22/2011
1919. From A World Of Darkness 11/23/2011
1920. Lord, You Have Got My Country In Your Hand 11/23/2011
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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I am no longer
from you,
because you have
discarded me.

When I was a boy
you forced me,
to go to war.

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