Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 16,043 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

2201. We Stand On A Rock 4/18/2012
2202. There Is Something Different To The World Tonight (Rondine) 4/18/2012
2203. I Did Not Seek Death But She Came Along (Cavatina Sequence) 4/20/2012
2204. Report From A Commander Of A Ratel Armoured Car (Cavatina) 4/20/2012
2205. Deathbed 4/20/2012
2206. Vultures 4/24/2012
2207. Suddenly A Shadow Falls 4/24/2012
2208. While Loving You (Cavatina Sequence) 4/24/2012
2209. Swallows (Brisbane Sonnet) 4/24/2012
2210. With Each Breath (Cavatina) 4/24/2012
2211. Struggling Jacob 4/25/2012
2212. The Nearer That I Do Come To Thee (Cavatina) 4/25/2012
2213. Prayer (Cavatina) 4/25/2012
2214. For You 4/26/2012
2215. To Love You [2] 4/26/2012
2216. When In Winter Summer Is Dead (Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet) 4/30/2012
2217. It Must Have Been In Early Part Of Spring (Cornish Sonnet) 4/30/2012
2218. Very Deep In The Dark Moonlit Night 4/30/2012
2219. You Did Enter My Heart 4/30/2012
2220. When I Close My Eyes (Cavatina) 4/30/2012
2221. The Graceful Lines Of Your Face Stunned Me 4/30/2012
2222. In All Of Heaven And On Earth (Cavatina) 5/1/2012
2223. I Thank God (Catena Rondo) 5/1/2012
2224. While Nature In The Spring Is Flowering (Cavatina) 5/1/2012
2225. The Red Weaver 5/2/2012
2226. When The Wind Started Blowing In The Afternoon 5/2/2012
2227. Le Morte D'Arthur (Cavatina Sequence) 3/26/2012
2228. Early I Viewed The Morning's New Birth (Cavatina) 3/28/2012
2229. My Friends Have Left Me 3/28/2012
2230. Thinking Of Your Work And Life (Cavatina Sequence) 3/28/2012
2231. Sprouting Like Strings Of Purple Morning Glories (Cavatina) 5/2/2012
2232. If We Must Talk In Simple Open Honesty 5/2/2012
2233. In The Garden Irises Are Flowering (Novelinee) 5/2/2012
2234. Narcissus 5/8/2012
2235. When I Gave Myself Body, Soul And Spirit 5/8/2012
2236. Cocotte 5/8/2012
2237. The Bright Stars Sing A Song Of Joy 5/8/2012
2238. You Are Beautiful [1] 5/8/2012
2239. The Eternal Child 5/9/2012
2240. The Black Leopard 5/9/2012
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)


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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