Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 29,864 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Op ‘n Koppie Buite Die Stad - Poem by Gert Strydom

On a hillock outside the city
a monument build from marble and stone
guards forevermore,
catching the sun’s
rays one new day dutifully.

It tells true stories
of a nation’s struggle to survive and be free
from oppression and a great trek
across the veldt and over high mountains,
of vicious wild men
and the belief
in the creator God
who came to aid
to save from total annihilation
when they called on Him.

[Reference: Voortrekker monument just outside Pretoria.]

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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