Ancient Library of Alexandria

Your fabled ranging knowledge sought
collecting scrolls and tablets brought
from any angle rounding Earth
and every ship within your berth

Euripides and Sophocles
Homer, Plato, Socrates
Aristotle, many more
repleting chambers roofs to floor

till evanescent blazing years
would make you that which disappears
when time and fires do collude
consuming treasures you accrued.

What dateless plays and verses lost,
extinguished wisdoms too few glossed.
Such dust lends lessons from the past:
preserve yet share what may not last.

Ancient Library of Alexandria © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: March 9, 2020