(03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

As A Young Man (English Sonnet)

(for Annelize)

As a young man just out of the army
I was smitten with you and lost in you,
you were a young woman and very pretty
and you were really in love with me too.

Never again would I love another woman
in the same kind of innocent and intense way
you believed in me, made me more than a man
were the one for whom as an equal I did pray.

It's years later and the sound of your voice
make me happy and still to me is familiar,
you do remain my first and my best choice
and maybe to you my feelings are peculiar

but you do remain my perfect companion
the most wonderful woman in my opinion.

© Gert Strydom

by Gert Strydom

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