Who Built a Civilization

Who Built a Civilization

Our modern mass media,
ruling institutions,
and entertainment industries
try to make you think
it was the men of the military
and men of business
that built our civilization.

Now it’s true they played
their part, but it was the guts, gall
sheer bravery, and down to earth
creativity of millions upon millions
of everyday people struggling through
year and years of unspeakable poverty
and terrible hardship that did by far
the lions share of the work.
Their names are countless
and you will not find them
in any history book.
It is upon their backs
that our civilization rests.

Dewey Dirks

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