Gert Strydom

Bronze Star - 2,511 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

41. A Far Greater Chill 10/14/2010
42. A Farewell Lay For Minette 7/11/2012
43. A Few Anku’s 4/26/2011
44. A Financial Manager In The New South Africa 9/25/2010
45. A First Visit To A Certain Madame (Terzanelle) 9/3/2010
46. A Flower For The Night 6/2/2010
47. A Flower For The Night [2] 10/7/2010
48. A Forget Me Not 7/22/2009
49. A Frightening Dream 7/1/2011
50. A Full Red Moon Hangs In The Night Sky 6/7/2010
51. A Gigantic Bee Of A Thing 6/3/2011
52. A Girl Called Lisa 11/26/2009
53. A Glimpse Of God 10/11/2010
54. A Grave Situation 4/29/2013
55. A Great Master Poet Wrote 9/8/2011
56. A Hadeda -Ibis Did Cause Amok Outside -new- 8/30/2015
57. A Hippo At Dawn 11/4/2012
58. A Horseman At Night 11/17/2011
59. A Host Of People Came South 5/25/2010
60. A Hunting Expedition 4/7/2011
61. A Kind Of Freedom 1/16/2013
62. A Kind Of Meeting 11/19/2012
63. A Lament For Jeanie 1/18/2011
64. A Lane In England 8/12/2010
65. A Large Golden Moon 6/30/2015
66. A Letter Arrives By Registered Mail 1/6/2010
67. A Level Headed Gaze 11/11/2012
68. A Lighter Shade Of Pale 2/2/2010
69. A Litany (Cavatina Sequence) 2/6/2012
70. A Lonely Young Boy Herds Some Cattle 10/27/2010
71. A Loving Dog Is A Strange Thing 1/18/2011
72. A Man Of Integrity 11/13/2009
73. A Meerkat In The Lounge 10/19/2010
74. A Messenger From Above 9/26/2009
75. A Modern Bible Story 1/29/2013
76. A Moment (Rubliw) 12/21/2014
77. A Moment In Eternity 5/17/2012
78. A Nest Of Wasps 7/21/2011
79. A Never Ending Kind Of Intimate Thing 11/28/2011
80. A New Spring (In Answer To Ernst Van Heerden) 9/6/2011
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 ...

Read the full of Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)


I am no longer
from you,
because you have
discarded me.

When I was a boy
you forced me,
to go to war.

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