Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 28,583 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

There Are Times That I Am At Peace - Poem by Gert Strydom

There are times
that I am at peace, in tranquillity
with the world surrounding me
even with my enemies
who in a godlike way
judged me, stole my life
my job from me
with a certainty of the perfect correctness
of their actions and decisions
without having all the facts, without walking
in my shoes, without judging me on merit.

There are times
when the world seems a friendly place,
where I see great beauty
in the way that the world functions,
in every shrub, every flower and tree.

There are times where I am free
from men who take political decisions
about my future, where I am free from the military
free from the influence, the mangling of men

and then there are times when I know
how much you mean to me,
where the meaning, the sheer beauty
compassion and joy that you bring
floods me like an everlasting spring.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 13, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, May 13, 2011

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