Poet, author, dissident, critic, journalist and man-about-town Ivan Franko. on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the founding of L’viv National University, which now bears his name. Photo: Bill Pupchek
For his online English class, Adam (17) had to write a poem commemorating someone from his hometown. Since L’viv is his current hometown, he chose someone whose name appears everywhere, even on my place of employment (where he was a student) and about whom we are slowly learning. I am very impressed with his poem. Here it is:
To Ivan Franko (1856-1916)
I come to your town.
I’m a stranger. I don’t know these parts.
I see your name from street to street,
That’s when we finally meet,
Your tall stone image shines in the square.
You’re one of a kind, you’re a man who’d care
For the peasant cause — you went to jails.
I want to know your stories, your poems, your tales.
You’re the foundation
For every Ukrainian who loves this nation,
From Odessa to Kyiv to Lviv —
Your words have made Ukrainians believe.