Patricia Neely-Dorsey
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  • United States
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Patricia neely-Dorsey's Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems

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There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. In my book, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life.
In my book, I try to emphasize the importance of positive self esteem,family values, heritage, education and community.
I try to always stress being proud of who you are, proud of where you come from and proud of the life you live.

My mother told me stories,
Of the one room scool;
Where all the grades were taught together,
As they went by the same rules.
To this school is where she would go,
With other children from all around;
Traveling there in rain, sleet or snow
These children could be found.
Each grade had their own lessons,
That they were all to learn;
While keeping warm,by an old black stove,
That in the corner burned.
My mother has high praises
For the teacher who taught then there
Because, it was her own dear mother,
Who gave them special care.
My mother said that in this place,
She learned so very much;
Like arithmetic and writing,
Basic reading skills and such.
I love to hear these stories,
Over and over again,
For in passing them on down the line,
Our legacy never ends.
Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey

I love to hear the stories
That my mama and daddy tell;
Sometimes, well' just sit a while,
And they'll talk for a spell.
They've told me of how hard it was, For me to get to vote;
They's 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

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At 7:44am on May 12, 2014, lauryn wake said…

Hello dear,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site. Could you please get back to me on my email:
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Miss. Lauryn Wake.

At 4:31pm on February 17, 2009, Clayton "Bigtrigger" Corley said…
Greetings Poetess Patricia. Stop by and visit when time permits. Would love to possibly feature you on SOJP, Jazz as Poetic Inspiration
At 9:55am on January 14, 2009, Lydell Jackson said…
Welcome to "Living Legacy"...we look forward to sharing with you and hearing your insights and concerns. Glad you could become part of the "Living Legacy"...remember it's only a "Legacy" if we pass it on, so be sure share the sight with family and friends.

At 11:28am on January 13, 2009, Ty Gray-EL said…
Welcom fellow poet. Glad you are here to spread positivity.


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