Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 21,751 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

A Man In The City - Poem by Gert Strydom

In the distance a church bell rings off the midnight hour
and where the night tries to fold her cloak around the city
I am lonely driving a motorcar

and streetlights, neon signs and traffic lights light up the roadway
but there is no darkness and everywhere around me its twilight grey,
a high apartment building is on fire

with fire-engines with flashing red lights that are rush to it
while a crowd of onlookers are watching the scene with interest
and here and there a couple that lives in it stands astonished

when in the distance the chimneys at a petroleum structure flame blue-white,
and I see the bright white fire of melting ovens
when I am tired and far pass fatigued

while I am busy driving back to my home in one of the suburbs
and now do not trust the tilting landscape, lights that rush pass
and nowhere there is a place of rest to be found.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Form: Prose Poem


Comments about A Man In The City by Gert Strydom

  • (9/3/2015 12:56:00 AM)


    This poem reads like a narrative. It tells a little story. There are no powerful words here that enclose a mighty thought. It is a simple account of what the writer of the poem or the person in the poem sees.

    The poem is not written badly. The lines, all of them, come making sense of what they try to tell and this is understood with no problem. I like the development of this piece that, I think, starts well and ends well, too. Not a great poem or one that would stand many readings, but a good one and I thank you for writing it. I know well that not all poetry cam come out being memorable, but good is enough here for this try.

    Take care and keep on it!

    Luis Estable
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015



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