Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 30,073 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Louw Wepener - Poem by Gert Strydom

When Wepener climbed mount Bosigo
the steel assegai points
glittered against the slope.

His rifle hit its own thunder
where he stood
against a horde of the enemy.

Shooting loading and shooting
while assegais shining
like falling rain from the air

and the Almighty
asked a brave man a sacrifice,
to like His Son carry a cross.

[Reference: Ter nagedagtenis van Kommandant Louw Wepener by F.W. Reitz. Assegai = A spear.]

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 25, 2010

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