Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 21,875 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Notes Of A Hot Pursuit (Haiku's) - Poem by Gert Strydom

(after Bernard Odendaal)

The bush is silent
fear flies up with a black coot,
each weapon does train.


The radio screech
with its aerial tree high;
a meaningless halt.

Equipped with just
light skeleton type webbing;
the spoor becomes faint.

The sun burns hell hot,
the rifle, bullets are heavy;
we use the compass.


Boondock night is filled
with reconnoitre of the heart;
half ration tastes bad.


Without some water
in the scorching heat and wind,
the track disappears.


Like a dragonfly
a helicopter swoops down
and we leave the bush.

Cannot find hostiles!
In situation report:
still searching the heart.

[Reference: "krabbeling van ‘n hakkejag" (Writings about a hot pursuit) by Bernard Odendaal.]

Comments about Notes Of A Hot Pursuit (Haiku's) by Gert Strydom

  • (4/30/2014 5:54:00 PM)

    An interesting selection of haiku. Some greats in there! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 2, 2012

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