Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 16,916 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

2401. While I Am Still Far Over The Hill 7/3/2012
2402. I Wanted To See What No Man Comprehends 7/3/2012
2403. Gently The Sun Oozes 7/4/2012
2404. An Ibis Screeched Outside In The Garden 7/4/2012
2405. Landmine 7/18/2012
2406. A Phosphorus Projectile Explodes 7/18/2012
2407. When A Enemy Mig Fell Like A Burning Dot 7/18/2012
2408. Graveyard [2] 7/19/2012
2409. At The Graveyard (In Answer To T.T. Cloete) 7/19/2012
2410. Graveyard In The City 7/19/2012
2411. Dearest One 7/20/2012
2412. I Met A Girl (Novelinee) 7/20/2012
2413. This I By Experience Know (English Sonnet) (In Answer To Dorothy Parker) 7/20/2012
2414. Ice-Skating 7/5/2012
2415. The Gymnast 7/5/2012
2416. Karate 7/5/2012
2417. School 7/6/2012
2418. Sketch Of A Winter Day 7/23/2012
2419. Knysna-Turaco 7/24/2012
2420. A Swarm Of Swallows 7/24/2012
2421. My Darling Is An Artist 7/25/2012
2422. Days And Nights Continually Go On A Wandering Track 7/25/2012
2423. We Walk In The Moonlight 7/25/2012
2424. Above The Shed On The Winter Porch 7/26/2012
2425. The Green Starling 7/26/2012
2426. When Tree Branches Rub Against The Roof 7/26/2012
2427. When Mere Moments Are Holy 7/27/2012
2428. Sometimes When I Kneel Down In Prayer 7/27/2012
2429. Everywhere I Searched For The Words 7/30/2012
2430. Everywhere I Searched For The Words [1] 7/30/2012
2431. In The Depth Of Your Heart It Is (English Sonnet) 7/30/2012
2432. It's As If The Sea Is Confined 7/30/2012
2433. Like Frangipanis 7/30/2012
2434. To The Crossing Point 7/31/2012
2435. The Earth Feels Rocky 7/31/2012
2436. A Prayer In The Summer Of My Life 7/31/2012
2437. Lord, Why I Got Leave Everything Behind 7/31/2012
2438. I Know The Way That You Do Smile (Trijan Refrain) 8/1/2012
2439. Without Restraint (Decuain) 8/3/2012
2440. Without Noticing Butterflies (Decuain) 8/3/2012
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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