Mississippi Magnolia- Southern Poems

SOUTHERN POEMS :Celebrating the South- Promoting a Positive Mississippi



Posted by patricianeelydorsey on August 21, 2009 at 5:35 PM


APRIL- National Poetry Month


Some ideas on how you might celebrate National Poetry Month

* Try writing an original poem

* Read poetry to your children

* Recite some poetry at an open-mic/ spoken-word venue

* Read a biography of a famous poet..see what made them tick

*Send a poem to a friend or loved one

*Support/Promote the work of a local poet

*Buy a wonderful book of poetry (preferably Reflections of a

Mississippi Magnolia- A Life in Poems by Patricia Neely-Dorsey) (smile)



My daddy helped me to love poetry,

He liked that kind of thing;

On Sunday mornings we'd recite,

"When Malindy Sings."

I loved the rhythm and the rhyme,

Each stanza and each verse;

We'd just say it how we felt,

With no need to rehearse.

I like to write my own poems now,

And let my own words flow;

I find that there are things inside,

I want other folks to know.

It's such a wonderful feeling,

To see my own words in print;

Sometimes, I think the words I write,

Are truly heaven sent.

Wherever it all comes from,

It's something I love to do;

It's my hope ,in some small way,

It's most enjoyable to you.

Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey



MARCH-Women's History Month

March is :


Celebrate the beautiful woman/women in your life.

SHADES OF LOVELY(Good Enough to Eat)

Women of color are a sight to behold,

It's amazing to see their delicious colors unfold.



Brown Sugar,

Brown Rice,

Nutmeg and Cinnamon,

Gingerbread and Toast,

These are just a few of the colors,

That Black women boast.

There's Pecan, Almond, Walnut ,

and Coconut Cream;

There are more shades of lovely

Than any could dream.

If chocolate's your weakness,

They have every hue,

White chocolate, Dark chocolate

And Milk chocolate, too.

They come in Caramel and they come in Toffee,

They even come, like you like your coffee.

There's coffee with cream and coffee black,

Of any variety, there's certainly no lack.

There's Espresso and Mocha

And Cafe au Lait

Too many colors to count in a day.

From Banana to Licorice,

Including Hot Fudge;

If prizes were given,

Who could possibly judge?

When you see women of color

In all their array;

There's nothing more lovely,

You'd just have to say.

Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey




February is Special

February has always held a special place in my heart.

It is the month that I was born(February 7,1964).

It is the month that my son was born (February 28, 1999).

It is the month that I wrote my first poem (February 14, 2007).

It is month that my first book of poetry was published (February 22, 2008), and it is Black History Month (which had it's beginnings when Carter G. Woodson first proclaimed a Negro History Week on Febraury 12, 1926).

History is essentially a collection of stories handed down.

The dictionary defines history as:

1) An account of what has or might have happened in the form of a narrative, play, story or tale

2) What has happened in the life or development of a people, country or institution,ect.

3) A known or recorded past

As African-Americans ,we have an especially rich collective history and each one of us has a very rich individual history made up of a unique set of experiences, circumstances and encounters.

In honor of Black History Month,I want to urge each individual to:


Consider this, the Best Selling , Award Winning novel Roots came from one man's (Alex Haley's) family stories handed down over the generations and prompted a whole movement of interest in geneologies, heritage and African-American History .

This month, be a part of promulgating, promoting and preserving black history by TELLING YOUR STORY.

The following poem comes from a story that my mother and father would repeatedly tell me over the years about the difficulties they had in voting and registering to vote.



I love to hear the stories,

That my mama and daddy tell;

Sometimes, we'll just sit a while,

And they'll talk for a spell.

They've told me of how hard it was,

For them to get to vote;

They'd go down to the courthouse door,

And there would be a note;

"Out to Lunch" or "No One's In,"

"Come Back Another Day,"

In all kinds of ways you wouldn't believe,

They were turned away.

Even when they did get in,

There were more hurdles they had to cross;

They'd be asked to answer questions

That would put anyone to a loss,

"How many bubbles in a bar of soap?"

"How many pennies in that jar?"

"How many raindrops to fill a barrel?"

"How many miles to a star?"

It seems almost incredulous

That this was how it was;

But, believe you me, no matter what,

I vote, now, just because.

Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey



The New Year

The new year is often a time for reflections, evaluations and assessments.

But, mostly it is a time of goal setting and forging ahead.

One essential element of proceeding into the New Year with a positive attitude, positive aspirations and positive expectations is a positive self esteem. Unfortunately, it seems that many of the ills of our society are rooted and grounded in poor self esteem issues. Sadly, too, this problem

with self esteem seems to be running rampant among our youth.

Now is the time for each of us to take stock and consider all of the wonderful qualities that we possess and all that we have to offer the world.

Each one of us has very unique characteristics, talents , abilities, attributes and gifts. We should all learn to appreciate the one- of - a -kind, unique beings that we are inside and out and the special place that we take up in the world. There is not now, never has been and never will be another who is exactly like you.

This year, I challenge you to develop all of your natural resources and use them to make a positive difference in your world and the world around you. As we go forward into this New Year, each one of us should make this one resolve: "I Will Be The Best Me I Can Be".





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