Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 15,769 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

3201. So That Meaning Gets An Own Reality 11/8/2010
3202. May I Offer Her A Single Rose 11/8/2010
3203. A Meerkat In The Lounge 10/19/2010
3204. I Sit In A Bar In Sixth Street (A Reply To W.H. Auden.) 10/20/2010
3205. Waiting On The Barbarians (A Reply To C.P. Cavafy) 10/20/2010
3206. At The Time That My Two Cars Were Stolen 11/9/2010
3207. But Who Knows? 11/9/2010
3208. Jesus In The Suburb 11/9/2010
3209. The Voortrekker (In Answer To Tony Harrison) 11/10/2010
3210. Young Koekemoer (In Reply To A. Brodrick) 11/10/2010
3211. Sun And Shadows Fall Splashing Over Me 11/11/2010
3212. Past Beaufort West 11/11/2010
3213. Church Going 11/12/2010
3214. The Altar 11/12/2010
3215. Let Your Judgement Fall 11/12/2010
3216. In Sheer Beauty My Mistress’ Eyes Exceeds The Sun (In Answer To William Shakespeare) 11/16/2010
3217. The Day Is Dying In A Local Town 11/17/2010
3218. Nights And Days (In Answer To T.S. Eliot) 11/17/2010
3219. Ode To The Sun 11/18/2010
3220. The Ballade Of André Stander 11/18/2010
3221. Seagulls 11/18/2010
3222. Seagulls [1] 11/18/2010
3223. When Nothing Anymore Brings Me Peace 10/29/2010
3224. The Veldt Is All Around Me 11/1/2010
3225. To Summer (In Reply To John Keats) 11/15/2010
3226. Thunderstorm [1] 11/26/2010
3227. On The Other Side Of Yesterday And Today 11/26/2010
3228. I See You In Everything 11/26/2010
3229. In A Far Off Summer 11/27/2010
3230. A Bottle Of Wolf’s Poison 11/27/2010
3231. Flashbacks 11/27/2010
3232. The Storm Between The Two Of Us 11/28/2010
3233. Remember 11/28/2010
3234. Axis 11/28/2010
3235. The Wizard 11/30/2010
3236. Be Truly Kind 11/22/2010
3237. I Know The Depth Of Love 11/22/2010
3238. Music Thumped Out Of The Minibus Taxi Rank 11/24/2010
3239. Neighbours You Would Like To Miss 11/24/2010
3240. I Have Seen Them On The Freeway 11/24/2010
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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