Gert Strydom

Veteran Poet - 1,720 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Gert Strydom Poems

81. A News Editor Do Not Pray For Good Things 5/7/2013
82. A Nightmare Or What? (Sonnetina Tre) 6/28/2013
83. A Paean For My Country 12/30/2011
84. A Painting 7/8/2013
85. A Painting In A Shop 7/8/2013
86. A Parrot Called Chicken 2/27/2010
87. A Perfect Moment 10/14/2013
88. A Phenomenon 11/2/2012
89. A Phosphorus Projectile Explodes 7/18/2012
90. A Picture Lingers With Me 1/20/2013
91. A Place Far Away From This Dark Age 5/2/2013
92. A Place For You 5/19/2010
93. A Place In The Sun 3/15/2013
94. A Poem During War (Cavatina) (In Answer To Archibald Macleish) 3/8/2012
95. A Poem For Zimbabwe 6/27/2014
96. A Poem On Honeymoon 8/7/2014
97. A Poem On My Darling’s Birthday 2/25/2014
98. A Poet Tried To Shackle My Words 7/13/2011
99. A Police Road Block 9/14/2010
100. A Prayer For The Earth (Rondine) 3/5/2013
101. A Prayer In The Summer Of My Life 7/31/2012
102. A Precise Woman 9/30/2010
103. A Psalm 2/14/2011
104. A Psalm In The Twenty First Century (Virelay) 3/7/2013
105. A Ray Of Sunlight 9/28/2009
106. A Real Life Nightmare 7/24/2009
107. A Reminiscence 6/23/2009
108. A Resting Place 6/29/2009
109. A Scrapbook 1/20/2010
110. A Season Out Of Time 3/18/2010
111. A Sheaf Of Red Roses 7/24/2009
112. A Sheer Loveliness Was Hers (Cavatina Sequence 5/23/2013
113. A Sheer Loveliness Was Hers (Cavatina Sequence) 5/23/2013
114. A Sheer Loveliness Was Hers (Cavatina Sequence) [1] 5/23/2013
115. A Shot Rang Out Like Lightning Out Of A Gun 5/27/2010
116. A Small Bird Sang Its Lovely Carefree Song (Novelinee) 12/12/2012
117. A Small Tear Falls 10/31/2012
118. A Snowflake (Tritina) 12/28/2011
119. A Snow-White Dove 7/9/2014
120. A Song Of Joy Sounds Up 9/18/2012
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)


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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