Remember also the unknown ones,
the nameless ones who did as they were bid.
Tunnelled through mountains,
Tracked wild continents,
Sailed flimsy vessels, crossing unknown seas
tho' more than half-way certain they must be
teeming with monsters, hungry for their bones.

Who long before a Caesar raised his head
laid stone on stone and built a pyramid

Remember also the unsung ones,
who fashioned implements with sharpened stones
and told their tale on parchment or in clay,
Who traced bright beauty on the walls of caves--
And the one who shivered in the gathering dark
and rubbed two sticks together, and found a spark.

E. B. De Vito