Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 14,827 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

At Times Love Has Visited Me - Poem by Gert Strydom

At times love has visited me
and left, left me
and has gone away.
It has gone to different shores,
leaving hurt, sadness
and the want for somebody
to be steady with

and every time like a fool, I am caught
in the snares that love sets,
believing in its charm, believing
that it really exists

as something more than mere passion,
as something greater
than all wants and needs
and the hope keeps alive
flickering like a candle in my heart,
for a real relationship to start.

Topic(s) of this poem: love

Comments about At Times Love Has Visited Me by Gert Strydom

  • Seamus O' Brian (12/13/2016 9:44:00 AM)

    A finely written piece. I agree with the terms honest, direct, and open. A painfully honest evaluation of the vulnerability we allow in the hopes of gaining a lasting love. An exercise so often ending in pain and regret. To turn such pain and darkness into the beauty of art is the blessing and curse of the poet.
    Well done, good poet.
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  • Elena Sandu (12/13/2016 9:31:00 AM)

    Congratulations Gert, am so glad to see your penning again, it deserves to be on the first page. Great food for thought. You speak so well of the hunger (for holding hands and hugs) of our flesh and blood, wonder if we may manage to ignore it and also lower our expectations might it be possible to celebrate a different sort of love, inclusive, limitless, eternal? (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (12/13/2016 9:15:00 AM)

    as something more than mere passion, as something greater, than all wants and needs....................................., for a real relationship to start.
    Seems a most Romeos experience, by and large. Nice write and congrats for being the member's PoD.
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  • Glen Kappy (12/13/2016 7:34:00 AM)

    At Times Love...

    first time reading one of yours. i like the simplicity and directness of this poem.

    do you distinguish between love and infatuation? is love a feeling or a choice for you? have you experienced in a long-term relationship that infatuation (it is a delightful feeling) can be rekindled? we do need love; it's one of the basic food groups; it transforms our perspective and sustain us through a whole lot of the negative.

    are you familiar with laurie van der hart's poems? she comes from your part of the world; perhaps you'll enjoy reading her.

    glen kappy

    p.s. i think ravi a's comments below are wise. did you know that the greek language has four words for love? as i remember them they are eros, phileo, storge, and agape- this last being the unconditional type. g.k.
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  • Ravi A (12/13/2016 6:44:00 AM)

    Conditional love
    Love in this world is often conditional and not unconditional. This is the difficulty. We often expect love to happen but it won't. We are experimenting with love in various ways. Such experiments won't yield any result. Can we approach life and people with unconditional love? This is the basic issue. In that case, even if the world may desert you, even if your lover may leave you, you won't get hurt and mentally bruised. Moreover, our unconditional love will be always heard and won't be lost also. We haven't tried out this technique. We are expecting too much in the reciprocation of love. That is also conditional. (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2016 3:00:00 AM)

    Great expressions in the poem and likes. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/13/2016 2:43:00 AM)

    Love and life. Love and dreams! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (12/13/2016 1:50:00 AM)

    Congrats. Nice poem. So true, being IN love, so often transient. It was S Covey coining love as a do-word, rather than a feeling. (Report) Reply

  • Electric Lady (12/13/2016 1:42:00 AM)

    Aww I love your poem. Beautifully penned and so heartfelt. Great poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/13/2016 1:13:00 AM)

    It reminds me of the song IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL popularized by CHICAGO..... Congrats, Gert, on being selected....... (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (12/13/2016 12:38:00 AM)

    At Times Love has Visited Me

    Your poem is worthy of being the poem of the day.

    A good poem òf longing for love.

    To remind yourself what love is visit my A Hauntingly Beautiful Word.

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  • Kim Barney (12/13/2016 12:29:00 AM)

    At Times Love Has Visited Me
    Very nice poem about love, Gert! Congrats on poem of the day! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 9, 2017

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