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Independence Day
11-NOV-2008 Jola Dziubinska

Independence Day

On the 11th day of 11th month Poland celebrates the Independence Day - today it's the 90th anniversary of regaining independence after 123 years of german-russian-austrian annexation.

My, Pierwsza Brygada (We of the First Brigade) was one of the best-known songs of the Polish Legions, formed during the First World War by Jozef Pilsudski.

The Legions are a soldiers' tune,
The Legions are a sacrificial pyre,
The Legions are a soldier's pride,
The Legions are a martyr's fate.

We the First Brigade,
A sharpshooter's battalion,
Onto the pyre we have cast them
Our life's fate
Onto the pyre, onto the pyre.

Oh, how much suffering, how much pain,
Oh, how much blood and how many tears shed,
Despite this there is no doubt,
The end of our wandering has given us strength.

We the First Brigade...

They shouted we were done for
Not believing us, that where there's a will there's a way!
We spilled blood on our own
And our beloved Leader was with us.

We the First Brigade...

We don't want your recognition
Nor your speeches nor your tears
Ended has the time for pleading
To your hearts, to your pockets!

We the First Brigade...

We could in the fire of will
Show the sparks of the youthful hearts,
Carry our lives for an ideal
And our blood and dreams

We the First Brigade...

We can for those who follow
Sacrifice the last of our days,
Among falsehoods saw the nobility,
With our broken bodies and burning blood.

We the First Brigade...

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Cindi Smith13-Nov-2008 00:14
Awesome Jola! Happy Independence Day!
Harrison12-Nov-2008 22:41
Very nice. Happy Independence day!
Guest 12-Nov-2008 15:07
Great image and love the reflection.
Máire Uí Mhaicín12-Nov-2008 11:59
Well done! An excellent image, layered with meaning.
Maaike Huizer12-Nov-2008 09:16
What a great SP
Flo Hendry12-Nov-2008 07:04
Nice reflection on this Independence Day.
Jason Anderson12-Nov-2008 02:51
Happy Independence Day (a little late)!
laine8211-Nov-2008 23:39
The day WW1 ended...a great day for your country and the world, Jola...
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