In memory of Vitaly Volodymyrovych – the Sgt Custume of out times. The Irishman who gave his life in Williamite War in similar circumstances can be read about in the Aubrey de Vere verse here.
Athlone some few hundred years ago
A story of which historians speak
In far Ukraine, another bridge
Held by a modern day Costume, this week
Oh, poems much better than this one
– and that would not be hard! –
Shall be written of the Costume of out times
Than the quick written lines of this bard.
A soldier fights to die so others can live
Lives as long as he can
Thats what makes a soldier, a patriot
Thats what makes a man.
What is life but to be lived,
To be lived is best in death
Ukraine, Ireland, separated by time and miles
We are in these mens debt.