A Library Burns In Alexandria


By Seth Nicholls


As people try to douse the flames

Smoke runs tripping over itself out of the doors and windows

Ten thousand screams ring out, and the hundred more Ink is singed from parchment and scattered to the night

In the terrible feasting arson of Alexandria.


So much knowledge made unknown

So many tales made untold

Burned away, that sacred soul

Soul of a Library in Alexandria


And all across the world

A thousand libraries take their turn

A thousand tales are made untold

Like the lullabies of Alexandria


A thousand lessons

A thousand poems

A thousand more Burning


Goes that foul arson of Alexandria sweeping across the world