I had the honor and privilege of talking today with Greg Trapp, J.D., Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission for the Blind. One of the more notable facts (and he had many facts!) we talked about today was the fact that the New Mexico state song was written by a woman named Elizabeth Garrett, who was blind.She was also friends with Helen Keller and daughter of Pat Garrett.
“O Fair New Mexico”
Under a sky of azure, where balmy breezes blow,
Kissed by the golden sunshine, is Nuevo México.
Home of the Montezuma, with fiery hearts a glow ,
State of the deeds historic, is Nuevo México.
O, fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so
Our hearts with pride or flow , no matter where we go,
O, fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so,
The grandest state to know, New Mexico.
Rugged and high sierras, with deep canyons below;
Dotted with fertile valleys, is Nuevo México.
Fields full of sweet alfalfa, richest perfumes bestow,
State of the apple blossoms, is Nuevo México.
Days that are full of heart-dreams, nights when the moon hangs low;
Beaming its benediction, o’er Nuevo México.
Land with its bright mañana, coming through weal and woe;
State of our esperanza, is Nuevo México.