Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 18,477 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

2001. The First Dragon (Sestina) 12/14/2011
2002. Radiating You Smile At Me 12/15/2011
2003. There Is The Smell Of Rain In The Air (Novelinee) 12/15/2011
2004. False Bay (Collins Sestet) 12/15/2011
2005. Maybe I Know My History A Little Bit Better Than You Do (In Answer To Sipho Sepamla) 12/16/2011
2006. Commandant Gideon Scheepers 12/16/2011
2007. Salmon Van As 12/16/2011
2008. The Magic Of His Designs 12/18/2011
2009. Lord, You Are The Captain Of My Soul (In Answer To William Ernest Henley) 12/19/2011
2010. Glory To God 12/18/2011
2011. The Night Has Come Early 12/20/2011
2012. The Autumn Is In The Leaves 12/20/2011
2013. There Was A Dark Night 12/20/2011
2014. Some Girls Like Roses Or Carnations 12/21/2011
2015. I See You Move With The Agility Of A Deer 12/2/2011
2016. Your Presence Is Strange But Familiar 12/2/2011
2017. About A Daisy (Balassi Stanza) 12/22/2011
2018. Marigolds (Novelinee) 12/22/2011
2019. Carnations (Balassi Stanza) 12/22/2011
2020. Christmas (Tuckerman Sonnet) 12/22/2011
2021. When Christmas Comes 12/22/2011
2022. Christmas Child 12/22/2011
2023. Another Kind Of Christmas (Stave Stanza Sestets) 12/23/2011
2024. Now That The Year Is Growing Kind Of Old (Envelope Couplet Sestets) 12/22/2011
2025. Love Alters Not 12/27/2011
2026. Even If They Are Only Bringing Pain (Novelinee) 12/27/2011
2027. When In History, Stories And Poems I Read (Sonnet Corona) 12/27/2011
2028. Anemone (Balassi Stanza) 12/28/2011
2029. Morning Glories (Balassi Stanza) 12/28/2011
2030. When The World Changes (Envelope Couplet Sestets) 12/30/2011
2031. The Year Is Revived In New Blossoms 12/30/2011
2032. Country That Is So Own To Me (In Answer To Lina Spies) 12/30/2011
2033. At Headquarters 1/2/2012
2034. Damocles 1/2/2012
2035. Into The Happy New Year (Catena Rondo) 1/2/2012
2036. The First Time I Loved 1/3/2012
2037. Far Too Often Into My Dreams You Have Dwelled (Requiescat) 1/5/2012
2038. Coda 1/5/2012
2039. If She Do Not Love Me, Or Regard Me (Collins Sestets) 1/5/2012
2040. Roses (Enclosed Triplet) 1/6/2012
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 ...

Read the full of Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)


Do not look
for fairness in this life,
for you will not find it
as the reason to be living
and will seek it forever.

Do not live life
just as a passer by,
or you will not mind it

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