Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 34,461 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley) - Poem by Gert Strydom

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 Henley and The Soul’s Captain by Orson F. Whitney.]


Comments about Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley) by Gert Strydom

  • Akhtar Jawad (3/31/2018 9:25:00 PM)

    to no human I bend a knee
    and in all things I only answer to Him
    who Captain’s me.....A great reply.
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  • (6/5/2015 1:06:00 AM)

    Nice sentiment. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/11/2011 1:05:00 AM)

    An insult to a great poem, a great poet. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 19, 2010


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