Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 6,549 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

761. Early One Afternoon 8/1/2009
762. Early One Summer Morning 7/23/2010
763. Early Spring 9/16/2010
764. Early Spring (Italian Sonnet) 9/23/2015
765. Early Summer 2/10/2012
766. Early This Morning 6/2/2010
767. Early Wnter 5/27/2013
768. Earth’s Cycle Of Love 10/24/2011
769. Earthly Existence 8/22/2013
770. Easter Hymn (In Answer To A.E. Housman) 1/10/2011
771. Easter Song: 2011 4/20/2011
772. Eastern Transvaal 5/9/2011
773. Eclipse 6/14/2010
774. Eclipse [2] 7/22/2013
775. Edmund Clerihew Bently (Clerihew) 4/5/2012
776. Ego 1/3/2010
777. Egyptian Geese 8/23/2012
778. Eheu Fugaces 7/9/2012
779. Elegy For Love 12/31/2009
780. Elementary Thoughts 3/7/2013
781. Eli Eli Lama Sabacthani 6/22/2009
782. Emergency Prayer 3/5/2013
783. Emily Hobhouse 8/31/2011
784. Enchanting With Words 3/9/2011
785. Enchantment 8/12/2014
786. Enchantment (Nonet) 8/22/2011
787. Encounter With A Rinkhals 11/12/2009
788. Endless God (Double Tetractys As A Cycle Or Mirror Image) 10/26/2011
789. Enemy Migs 2/24/2010
790. Enemy Skirmish (Sonnet) 6/19/2012
791. Enemy Tracks (Quatern) 12/12/2011
792. Engelbrecht Decides On An Assassination Attempt (In Answer To Johan Van Wyk) 6/8/2012
793. Enigmatic People (Cavatina Sequence) (In Answer To Archibald Macleish) 3/6/2012
794. Ensnared (Cavatina) 7/4/2013
795. Epistle To Np Van Wyk Louw 8/24/2010
796. Epitaph Of A Tyrant 1/23/2013
797. Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries (In Answer To A.E. Housman) 1/10/2011
798. Epithalamium 1/10/2011
799. Errata 9/4/2010
800. Escape 1/7/2011
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 ...

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Still Life

She wears a kind of apron,
both of her hands are full of paint
where she is standing on the dark-red porch,

some shadows are burnt into the painting
and weeds bubble out at the steps,
both of her hands are full of paint

where she is observing it, does frown, and does drop the paintbrush.

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