Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 15,978 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1961. Enemy Tracks (Quatern) 12/12/2011
1962. Insertion (In Answer To Pieter Strauss) 12/12/2011
1963. May God Forever Be Praised 12/13/2011
1964. To Me His Presence Is A Mystery 12/13/2011
1965. If There Is Something More (In Answer To Edgar Allan Poe) (Novelinee Sequence) 12/13/2011
1966. In Some Fields Of Grass Under The Hills (Sestina) 12/14/2011
1967. The First Dragon (Sestina) 12/14/2011
1968. Radiating You Smile At Me 12/15/2011
1969. There Is The Smell Of Rain In The Air (Novelinee) 12/15/2011
1970. False Bay (Collins Sestet) 12/15/2011
1971. Maybe I Know My History A Little Bit Better Than You Do (In Answer To Sipho Sepamla) 12/16/2011
1972. Commandant Gideon Scheepers 12/16/2011
1973. Salmon Van As 12/16/2011
1974. The Magic Of His Designs 12/18/2011
1975. Lord, You Are The Captain Of My Soul (In Answer To William Ernest Henley) 12/19/2011
1976. I See You Move With The Agility Of A Deer 12/2/2011
1977. Your Presence Is Strange But Familiar 12/2/2011
1978. The Night Has Come Early 12/20/2011
1979. Christmas Child 12/22/2011
1980. Another Kind Of Christmas (Stave Stanza Sestets) 12/23/2011
1981. Now That The Year Is Growing Kind Of Old (Envelope Couplet Sestets) 12/22/2011
1982. Love Alters Not 12/27/2011
1983. Even If They Are Only Bringing Pain (Novelinee) 12/27/2011
1984. When In History, Stories And Poems I Read (Sonnet Corona) 12/27/2011
1985. Anemone (Balassi Stanza) 12/28/2011
1986. Morning Glories (Balassi Stanza) 12/28/2011
1987. About A Daisy (Balassi Stanza) 12/22/2011
1988. Marigolds (Novelinee) 12/22/2011
1989. Carnations (Balassi Stanza) 12/22/2011
1990. Christmas (Tuckerman Sonnet) 12/22/2011
1991. When Christmas Comes 12/22/2011
1992. When Purple Petals Show (Balassi Stanza) 12/28/2011
1993. Once We Were Kindred Spirits (Novelinee Sequence) 12/29/2011
1994. When Fantasy Is Totally Gone (In Answer To Mandi Engelbrecht) 12/29/2011
1995. When The World Changes (Envelope Couplet Sestets) 12/30/2011
1996. The Year Is Revived In New Blossoms 12/30/2011
1997. Country That Is So Own To Me (In Answer To Lina Spies) 12/30/2011
1998. At Headquarters 1/2/2012
1999. Damocles 1/2/2012
2000. Into The Happy New Year (Catena Rondo) 1/2/2012
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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Virginia Woolf

For years she did cling
to the knowledge
that someone does truly love her
and silently and faithful she did live

until heartache did cut through her,
while continually she was caught in misconception,
did long to return to London
and at times it did feel

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