Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 21,875 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

1961. In My Life My Words Have Lost Power (Novelinee) 12/8/2011
1962. I Want To Sleep With The Same Innocence 12/9/2011
1963. We Do Live As Children Of Light 12/9/2011
1964. Situation Report On A Reconnaissance Expedition 12/12/2011
1965. Enemy Tracks (Quatern) 12/12/2011
1966. Insertion (In Answer To Pieter Strauss) 12/12/2011
1967. May God Forever Be Praised 12/13/2011
1968. To Me His Presence Is A Mystery 12/13/2011
1969. If There Is Something More (In Answer To Edgar Allan Poe) (Novelinee Sequence) 12/13/2011
1970. In Some Fields Of Grass Under The Hills (Sestina) 12/14/2011
1971. The First Dragon (Sestina) 12/14/2011
1972. Radiating You Smile At Me 12/15/2011
1973. There Is The Smell Of Rain In The Air (Novelinee) 12/15/2011
1974. False Bay (Collins Sestet) 12/15/2011
1975. Maybe I Know My History A Little Bit Better Than You Do (In Answer To Sipho Sepamla) 12/16/2011
1976. Commandant Gideon Scheepers 12/16/2011
1977. Salmon Van As 12/16/2011
1978. The Magic Of His Designs 12/18/2011
1979. Lord, You Are The Captain Of My Soul (In Answer To William Ernest Henley) 12/19/2011
1980. The Night Has Come Early 12/20/2011
1981. There Was A Dark Night 12/20/2011
1982. Some Girls Like Roses Or Carnations 12/21/2011
1983. Christmas Child 12/22/2011
1984. Another Kind Of Christmas (Stave Stanza Sestets) 12/23/2011
1985. Now That The Year Is Growing Kind Of Old (Envelope Couplet Sestets) 12/22/2011
1986. Love Alters Not 12/27/2011
1987. Even If They Are Only Bringing Pain (Novelinee) 12/27/2011
1988. When In History, Stories And Poems I Read (Sonnet Corona) 12/27/2011
1989. Anemone (Balassi Stanza) 12/28/2011
1990. Morning Glories (Balassi Stanza) 12/28/2011
1991. About A Daisy (Balassi Stanza) 12/22/2011
1992. Marigolds (Novelinee) 12/22/2011
1993. Carnations (Balassi Stanza) 12/22/2011
1994. Christmas (Tuckerman Sonnet) 12/22/2011
1995. When Christmas Comes 12/22/2011
1996. When Purple Petals Show (Balassi Stanza) 12/28/2011
1997. Once We Were Kindred Spirits (Novelinee Sequence) 12/29/2011
1998. When Fantasy Is Totally Gone (In Answer To Mandi Engelbrecht) 12/29/2011
1999. When The World Changes (Envelope Couplet Sestets) 12/30/2011
2000. The Year Is Revived In New Blossoms 12/30/2011

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 ...

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Under A African Sky

The sun burns furious
and the harsh reality,
of a live in the semi desert
of the Kalahari
is set in my mind.

There are some bushes
growing in this arid land,
with red sand

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