Honor to those who in the life they lead
define and guard a Thermopylae,
Never betrayind what is right,
consistent and just in all they do
but showing pity also, and compassion;
generous when they’re rich, and when they’re
still generous in small ways,
still helping as much as they can;
always speaking the truth,
yet without hating those who lie.
And even more honor is due to them
when they foresee ( as many do foresee )
that Ephialtis will turn up in the end,
that the Medes will break through after all.