Mississippi Needs a State Poem!

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So, some super exciting news has reached my ear from one of fellow Mississippi authors, poet, Patricia Neely-Dorsey. She has been named the official Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Mississippi! I’m so happy for her!



KNOW YE, that the Governor of the State of Mississippi in the name and by the authority of the people of said state as vested in him by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Mississippi reposing special recognition for distinguished accomplishments, does hereby recognize: Patricia Neely-Dorsey Mississippi Author and Poet as a GOODWILL AMBASSADOR for the State of Mississippi in appreciation for the poems Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems” that she describes as a “celebration of the south and things southern” and “My Magnolia Memories and Musings- In Poems ” in which her writings continue her celebration of the south and promote a positive Mississippi

What did Patricia have to say? She’s over the moon excited as you can see:

“Both are a recognition of my ongoing efforts to always promote a positive Mississippi. I feel highly honored to have received this recognition for something that I am so passionate about, “Always, Always Celebrating the South and Promoting a Positive Mississippi.” I was delighted when the Governor said during our conversation that I would be a wonderful  “Poetic Ambassador ” for Mississippi! I loved the sound of that!”

But, Patricia needs your help!

“My poem is up for consideration to be declared as our state poem. I want to use my poem “Meet My Mississippi” to help to teach the children of our state (and people of all ages) some important things about Mississippi in a way that can be easily remembered/recalled. The state song, the state motto, the state tree the state bird and the state capitol are all included in the poem, along with other famous landmarks and people of Mississippi. Maybe you could ask/encourage the representative in your area to vote to adopt it.”


Here’s the Poem:


Faulkner’s Sanctuary
Eudora’s home state
Elvis’ birthplace
The bulk of the Trace;
Sprawling beaches
Along the Gulf Coast shore
One blues man’s crossroads
And inspiration for more;
An abundance of history
Tradition and folklore
Warm front porch welcomes
With a wide open door;
A ride down the mighty river
On the American Queen
And some of the most
Beautiful countryside
That you’ve ever seen
She’s music and melodies
And the mockingbird’s songs,
By valor and arms
And faith ever strong;
She’s magnolias blooming
Around Jackson’s capitol dome
And the sweet scent of honeysuckle
That forever says “home”
She’s My Mississippi
She’s “The Hospitality State”
“Go Mississippi”
You’re a true State of Grace

©2013 Patricia Neely-Dorsey



You can sign the petition today to help her out!


It’s Been Four Years!

Four years. I’ve been an “official” author for four years. I’m still in shock that I’ve come as far as I have. I have four books published, and I’ve gained a fairly decent social following. My books aren’t hated – by everyone at least – so I think that I’ve accomplished some great things.

I’ve made friends for life, and it all started with this novella right here.


This book has been through three different covers, and it’s been a novella I’ve always wanted to revisit and either write a sequel to or extend it. I’ve never found the time, but I hope to make some time some day. I have so many book ideas running around in my head, and I don’t have enough time to write them all. *sad face*

Still, this book started it all, and I’m eternally grateful that I managed to stay strong these past four years and keep writing.  (It’s extremely difficult on some days. lol)

So, happy bookiversary Piercing – and Piercing fans! May Kandi, Jimmy and Jonathan’s story forever remind us that we never want to repress memories.