Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 18,140 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

2721. A Kind Of Freedom 1/16/2013
2722. Many People Knew You Well 1/16/2013
2723. Occupation [2] 1/16/2013
2724. Fairy Of The Night (Rosarian Sonnet) 1/17/2013
2725. While We Both Stood Up On A Hillock 1/17/2013
2726. Design (Saraband) 1/17/2013
2727. A Picture Lingers With Me 1/20/2013
2728. There Is A Kind Of Love That I Do Not Really Understand 1/20/2013
2729. From A Life Of Iniquity 1/20/2013
2730. The Heart Of A Human Is A Strange Thing 1/21/2013
2731. A New Year Prayer 1/21/2013
2732. When The Rain Falls For Days Without End 1/21/2013
2733. On This Amazing Continent 1/23/2013
2734. Epitaph Of A Tyrant 1/23/2013
2735. During The Years That I Have Lived In South Africa 1/23/2013
2736. You Are Present In Each Deep Thought (Hymnal Octave) 1/23/2013
2737. To Me You Are Really Quite Fair (Hymnal Octave) 1/23/2013
2738. Migrating Birds [2] 1/25/2013
2739. When Waves Sweep Out And Break 1/25/2013
2740. The Shadows Of The Afternoon Are Drawing Long Lines 1/25/2013
2741. Migrating Birds 1/25/2013
2742. When Darkness Comes 1/25/2013
2743. While Picking A Rose 1/28/2013
2744. Outside The Wind Did Blow 1/28/2013
2745. On The Veranda The Evening Did Suddenly Come 1/28/2013
2746. The Warning 1/28/2013
2747. Awakening [3] 1/28/2013
2748. Daybreak [4] 1/28/2013
2749. Hospitals 2/6/2013
2750. Patient 2/6/2013
2751. To Silence 2/6/2013
2752. As The Sun Rises 2/7/2013
2753. In A Way I Know You Well 2/7/2013
2754. When You Stop Your Last Kiss 2/7/2013
2755. Sometimes I Want To Flee From Abstract Things Like Love 2/11/2013
2756. Near Helderberg Hill 2/11/2013
2757. Near Helderberg Hill [1] 2/11/2013
2758. If Ever I Can Travel On The Road 2/11/2013
2759. How Do I Wish To Go Home (Wordsworth Sonnet) 2/11/2013
2760. I Had Noticed Suddenly 2/13/2013
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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