Oh, America

Sketchbook drawings (1987) by N. Wait
Oh, America. What have we done to you?
Was it only a dream of what we might be?
From sea to shining—-see “A thoroughfare for freedom”?
Sketchbook drawings (1987) by N. Wait
Those “amber waves of grain”*
overseen by the goddess Demeter
That grace He shed on us.
Sketchbook drawing (1987) by N. Wait
That “crown of good with brotherhood”
Still, may it lie in wait,
“Till souls wax fair as earth and air.”

*Quotes are lyrics in “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote it originally as a poem called “Pikes Peak” before it was published in 1895 in the Fourth of July edition of a church periodical, The Congregationalist, and given the title “America.”

About Nancy Wait

Nancy Wait is an artist and a memoir writer, "The Nancy Who Drew, the Memoir That Solved a Mystery," and a former actress (stage, film and TV) in the UK under the name Nancie Wait. She hosted blog talk radio shows "Art and Ascension" and "Inspirational Storytellers." Her current project is a second memoir, "The Nancy Who Drew the Way Home," due out in 2023.
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2 Responses to Oh, America

  1. Your sketches then so different from those of today—35 years later. America, too—so different. Onward we march . . . Evolution moving on! I love it!

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    • Nancy Wait says:

      Yet much hasn’t changed and has only gotten worse. Hunger and homelessness for starters. I changed because I found happiness in having a child and watching him grow and my heart expanded. Art was my life back then, and now it’s only a hobby, but I treasure those days when it meant something more to me.


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