Gert Strydom Poems
Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)
While the night stretch black over me
and in the dark sky I see countless lights
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 ...
Marie Sklodovska Curie
You devoted your life to your husband and to science,
did receive two Nobel prices,
but did pay a terrible price
as from radioactive material you were not free.
You and your husband did discover radium and polonium
did work in a distant shed while the hours did run till deep into the night
and you did get out of ten ton of pitch ore a decigram of radium
while the rain were at times leaking in through the roof.