Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 28,315 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Words (In Answer To Vincent Oliphant) - Poem by Gert Strydom

When I read in a great poem
that humanity lies beyond
the borders of life and culture
I saw the poet hope
as if peace
would suddenly come down from heaven

and I did wonder if it was possible
to remove the animal from man
who rather wants to tread down,
vituperate and steal?

I did become to realise
that the people in whom
the in dwelling of God does lack
are filled with darkness
and like barbarians they do believe
that violence is the last resort

and still it did not take the bullet
out of every firearm,
and still it did fail
to make anything else of the Panga blade
than a deadly killing thing

and the reality of the unknown robber
who sneaked around with a knife in the back of my yard,
my two cars that were stolen,
the loss of my work,
and affirmative action
does still threaten my life,
does force me down upon my knees
to pray to the omnipotent God.

[Reference: “Woorde” (Words) by Vincent Oliphant.]

Topic(s) of this poem: words

Form: Prose Poem

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 10, 2015

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