Matthew Spira
Matthew Spira
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4 min readMay 31, 2024


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Echoes of Civilizations: Reflecting on Historical Legacies

Explore the philosophical reflections in this poem on the legacies of past civilizations like Rome and how they inform our understanding of history. What will remain of our current civilization in the eyes of the future?

It would appeal to and flatter
his sense of competitive vanity
if Cicero could know his version
of his era is largely the one
come down as received history.
But could he truly grasp that
all that remains of his Rome
are scattered ruins, a destruction
more profound and complete
then the burning of Carthage?
Scipio the Younger’s tears
the cautionary tale come true.

If we are (and are we?) optimistic
enough to believe there will be
humans in two thousand years
reading probably not these lines
but of…



Matthew Spira
Matthew Spira

Middle-aged dude. Combat veteran & single father. Eclectic career. Poet.