Gert Strydom

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

Memento - Poem by Gert Strydom

At a time when my world was falling apart,
as if the seams were loosened,
when I had lost my job, lost my wife
and her children to another man,
when society was unravelling
with the new government
whose departments do not function properly

when both my cars were stolen
and the insurance and the police
wiggled themselves out of the equation
as if it wasn’t their concern,

you entered my life, entered into me
like a thunder falling from a blue sky
unexpectedly, but with great power and magic
there was tranquillity in your smile
and the believe that I had been sent,
been sent by the gods
and in memories
your voice, the look in your eyes
and your smile
still is part of me.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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