“America The Beautiful”
As I stood atop Pikes Peak, immediately experiencing all the symptoms of altitude sickness (dizziness, heart pounding, headache), it still did not take away my ability to pay homage to this country we are so blessed to live in. Maybe, it was just a reaction to the visual beauty before me! It did not matter, I managed to seize the moment and get this photo. My blog does not do it justice. Please take the time to view it on my Flickr site at a full size view. Truth be known, I really felt like a wimp when I realized that Katharine Lee Bates, a teacher of English from 1885 to 1925 at Wellesley College, while in Colorado during the summer of 1893, made the arduous trip up Pikes Peak with several of her colleagues BY WAGON. She was so struck by the views before her, she penned the poem “America the Beautiful” and the rest is history. Can you imagine ascending 14,000 plus feet in a damned wagon, and still have the strength to write? Here’s to you Miss Bates! In awe, Margie
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
“One stanza from America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates”