“What do the words to America the Beautiful Mean to me?”
As I read the words to America the Beautiful, my mind conjures up all of
the sights and sounds created by the flowing verses of the poem. I
imagine I am there, in that time, looking out into the spacious skies from
high above on a mountain top taking in the breathlessness of the wheat
fields blowing gently in the breeze. The sea of farmlands all around and
below me fills my heart with pride for I know that God has truly blessed me
and the rest of my country people from the East Coast to the West Coast
with hallowed sustenance.
I see the pilgrims arriving and setting first foot on the land not knowing
what is ahead for them but still pressing onward. As they struggle through
difficulties of the wild new country, their inner passion for freedom beats
deep within them. Though they make mistakes they embrace their religion
and rally to put together laws that would be righteous towards all.
My day dream enlightens me as I read on. The patriots prevail in their
search for liberty. They have found a country they truly love more than their own
lives. I find myself amongst them as my love for this country is as powerful as theirs. A comfort washes over me knowing that my desire for a great country is not so different than theirs.
I see that the hopes and dreams of these people are for a free country,
and that they foresee it to be unspoiled, full of grace and pledge no suffering.
They believe that all who seek independence shall find brotherhood within this
blessed land. They know that it will be a long road to achieve all their visions but
are committed to realizing them.
Again I see myself amongst these people of this new nation fighting
through the hardships and pains to make a path for those in the future. They face the unknown with the Grace of God and with the passion in their hearts. Nothing, not even harm to themselves will stop them from realizing their freedom.
As I finish the last verse of the poem I feel pride. The words personify to me what our military men and woman have done for America throughout time. They have stood side by side fighting to keep our freedoms intact. I know that our forefather’s dreams live on!