Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life
Amazon.com book review
"I was privileged to purchase this "little book of poems" first at a
book-signing, and to hear many of them read in the authors own musical
voice. I must say that as I read the remainder of her poems, it was her
voice that I heard intoning the words, her soft Mississippi accent
hitting the syllables just right, playing like a haunting melody from
yesteryear in my head.
I am a native Mississippian. I know
exactly of what the author writes. I have lived it. Mississippi flows
through my blood in ways that are nearly inexplicable, and yet,
Neely-Dorsey has largely explained it through her poetry. Reading her
poetry is like coming home to myself. No gloom and doom here. No
head-scratching, dictionary-hunting,"what-the-heck do they mean by
that?" poetry. Just straight from the heart and memory, in an easy
rhyming fashion that anyone from youngsters to older folks can read,
understand, and delight in. There's beauty, as in "Mississippi Morning", humor and wit, as in "Shades of Lovely", and state pride, "Mississippi
Through and Through". My personal favorite, the achingly deceptive,
"Right To Vote", written in her typical lighthearted manner, chronicles
the bitter struggles blacks went through for that right. It moves me
each time I read it, and I read it again and again.
Poetry is a lyrical means of expressing oneself. I would say Patrica Neely-Dorsey has made an excellent start."
encouragement of one of my dear friends in Jackson who works with the
Mississippi Arts Commission, saying that she thought that it would
broaden my audience for my message, I decided to enter the 2012 Mrs.
Mississippi Pageant. At first , I thought it was a ridiculous idea
because most of the girls who competed were half my age and very
experienced in pageants. Most had been participating in pageants for
years. I on the other had had only ever participated in one other
pageant...and that was when I was 16 years old !!! LOL!! Although I
didn't place, I had a wonderful time, met a lot of new friends and as
my Jackson friend had suggested it did expose my platform to a new,
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.