Gert Strydom

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

Gert Strydom Poems

3441. Cuddly You Lay Against Me In A Deep Sleep 7/16/2014
3442. Keep On Trying 7/16/2014
3443. Questions Without Real Answers, Or Do They Have Some? 7/16/2014
3444. When The First Human Couple Did Fall 7/16/2014
3445. The Yearning For A Higher Being 7/17/2014
3446. When The Moon Rises In The Concrete Jungle 7/17/2014
3447. My Princess 7/17/2014
3448. It's With Ice That The Winter Comes 6/13/2014
3449. My God Is Not Just An Icon 6/13/2014
3450. My God Is Not Just An Icon [2] 6/17/2014
3451. If You Want To Place Your Darling Wife In Words 6/17/2014
3452. The Seagull 6/17/2014
3453. Man Has Become Estranged 6/18/2014
3454. We Wait Upon A New Tomorrow 6/18/2014
3455. From My First Glance Of You (Cavatina) 6/18/2014
3456. I Hear The Sugar-Bush-Hillocks Breathing 6/19/2014
3457. To Time (Rubaiyat Sonnet) 6/19/2014
3458. The Wonder Of Being You 6/19/2014
3459. When The New World Is Unknown 6/20/2014
3460. When That Moment Comes 6/20/2014
3461. The Starry Night 6/20/2014
3462. Things That Are Dear To Me 6/26/2014
3463. Many Small Miracles 6/27/2014
3464. A Poem For Zimbabwe 6/27/2014
3465. Every Day I Find Something New 6/27/2014
3466. When Suddenly The Thing Called Happiness Is Gone 6/30/2014
3467. Maybe Far Too Long I Have Waited (Sonnet) 6/30/2014
3468. It's Better To Trust And To Hope 6/30/2014
3469. You Talk About Flowers In Adderley Street 6/30/2014
3470. Like The Sun Glowing On The Smooth Surface Of The Sea 6/30/2014
3471. Even When My Body Is Broken And I Am In Pain 6/30/2014
3472. Nursery School / Toddler Verses 7/1/2014
3473. When The Windows Of Your Soul Are Closed With Tiredness 6/30/2014
3474. My Lord, I Do Not Anymore Ask The Things Of A Child 7/3/2014
3475. Your Mouth Did Open Softly Under Mine 7/3/2014
3476. At Dusk When The Weavers Rollicked In The Back Yard 7/3/2014
3477. The Old Pastor 7/18/2014
3478. Man's Last Goodbye 7/18/2014
3479. Kiss Me Softly As If In Make Believe (Novelinee) 7/18/2014
3480. In The Moonlight False Bay Looks Untouched 7/21/2014
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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