Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 12,737 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

361. At A Certain Bar 11/8/2009
362. At A Enemy Airfield 6/5/2011
363. At A Koi Pond In A Nursery 6/2/2009
364. At A Pan At Night 5/11/2010
365. At A Prize Giving Speech 10/15/2012
366. At A Restaurant 6/17/2009
367. At A Rock Music Concert 9/7/2010
368. At A Stop Sign There’s A Red Toyota 6/4/2010
369. At A Time Everything Was Right, Pure And Clear (In Answer To Ernst Van Heerden) 12/8/2010
370. At A Time I Did Truly Love (Sextilla / Sestet) 11/1/2011
371. At A Time I Wanted To Flee Away From You 10/28/2013
372. At A Time I Was Caught 3/22/2013
373. At A Time When All Of My Hope Seemed Gone 8/6/2012
374. At A Time When You Wanted To Leave On A Bright Morning (Villanelle) 10/6/2011
375. At A Time You Were Only Part Of A Dream (Strambotto Romagnuolo) 9/6/2012
376. At A Utter Lost In My Own Country (In Answer To Kelwyn Sole) 4/28/2011
377. At Bethesda 6/1/2010
378. At Birth 1/15/2014
379. At Birth We Come Into This Life Alone (Rubiyat / Persian Quatrain) 6/8/2015
380. At Cape Point 8/24/2010
381. At Church Square He Stands 10/30/2013
382. At Dusk 9/23/2013
383. At Dusk 2 12/5/2015
384. At Dusk The Old Zinc Roof Creaks 6/9/2011
385. At Dusk When The Weavers Rollicked In The Back Yard 7/3/2014
386. At False Bay (Persian / Rubiyat Quatrains) 5/19/2015
387. At Grass 8/13/2012
388. At Half Past Five After Work (Sonnet) 10/13/2016
389. At Headquarters 1/2/2012
390. At Heart (Sicilian Septet) 8/14/2014
391. At Home You Are Already Asleep, 3/1/2013
392. At Hout Bay The Fishing Trawler Sails Out 12/23/2010
393. At Houtbay Beach 4/15/2010
394. At Lambert's Bay 1/17/2017
395. At Lambert's Bay The Fishing Trawlers Sail Out 3/21/2012
396. At Magnolia Dale 1/18/2011
397. At Margate Beach (Cavatina) 7/25/2013
398. At My Second Job 7/11/2009
399. At Night Sometimes, Sweet Voices I Hear (Terzanelle) 9/9/2010
400. At Night The Fragrances 10/10/2014
Best Poem of Gert Strydom

Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)

While the night stretch black over me
and in the dark sky I see countless lights
burning high,
I thank the God that made me free
to choose which light to follow as a guide.

In dark circumstance and whatever fate brings,
destiny and chance do not conquer
and I still rise wiser
to life and its things

and my will remains free
to decide where my words
and actions belong
whether they are right or wrong
and to no human I bend a knee
and in all things I only answer to Him
who Captain’s me.

[References: Invictus by William Ernest ...

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Do not look
for fairness in this life,
for you will not find it
as the reason to be living
and will seek it forever.

Do not live life
just as a passer by,
or you will not mind it

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