Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tea & Poetry Book Club: Poet Patricia Neely-Dorsey Honors Mississippi duri...

Poet Patricia Neely-Dorsey Honors Mississippi during National Poetry Month :

National Poetry Month has been an exciting time of celebration for Mississippi Poet Patricia Neely-Dorsey.

Monday, April 28, 2014

APRIL is National Poetry Month !

APRIL is National Poetry Month ! 

I hope that you have been reading, writing, buying and sharing some wonderful poetry ! 

I love introducing others to poets and poetry that they might not have known/heard about !
Today it is my honor and pleasure to introduce a dear friend, 
poet Kym Gordon Moore 

Enjoy ! 

Fish, Shrimp and Grits 

Not your typical breakfast entrĂ©e 
of scrambled eggs, sausage and toast 
my Lowcountry fare of fried fish or shrimp with creamy hominy grits 
is my energy food I love to start the day off with the most. 

Now mom would still cook the traditional 
you know, the kind you find in Shoney’s or IHOP 
but to savor the true flavors of this Charleston morning cuisine 
a local unobtrusive kitchen is where you must stop. 

Now many call me Geechee 
and believe me I really don’t mind 
there’s a fascinating history behind this great heritage 
about some of the most down to earth people you will ever find. 

For some fried fish or shrimp bouillabaisse served with grits 
may simply be a breakfast oddity 
but if you’re not a native, just try it and see 
you just might fall in love with our Lowcountry delicacy.

Balloons, Rainbows and Butterflies

Through the innocence and wonderment of a child’s eyes
we observe simple things that bring joy to our hearts
happiness to our spirit
a smile that spans from ear to ear
from a bouquet of multicolored balloons
to the graceful flutter of a butterfly’s wings

and the brilliant hues in a rainbow’s mist
where sunrays and raindrops waltz
uncomplicated pleasures that makes a lasting imprint
in our moments of excitement and memories
joy in balloons, rainbows and butterflies
from a time that will forever make us smile!  

Why do I Dance?

I dance because I’m happy
I dance because I’m free
I dance because I am loved
I dance because I am me.

I dance every morning I wake
I dance when I learn something new
I dance when I am blessed to work
I dance when there’s something productive to do.

I dance at the singing of the birds
I dance as I listen to the falling rain
I dance for the sake of giving
I dance because I know my living isn’t in vain.

I really don’t need a reason
To dance the way I do
I dance because I am me
You dance because you are you.

 Bio - Kym Gordon Moore, author of Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry and Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit is an award-winning recipient in poetry contests such as the Edward Davin Vickers Memorial Award and Oneswan Productions Writing Competition. Her poems appeared in Writer’s Digest Magazine, Poets for Peace: A Collection, Reach of Song, Home for the Holidays and The Blind Man’s Rainbow anthologies. She was selected as one of the contributing authors for the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom. Visit Kym’s website and connect with the author through her blogs, articles and social media channels.

 Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry 
can be found on the following: 


 Description of my book: Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry contains 81 carefully chosen poems that are significant to the foundation of this collection and easy for readers to identify with. Besieged by segmented poetic elements of flight, your journey through the pages of this book will be entertaining, educational, emotional, nostalgic, stimulating and edifying. Kym Gordon Moore portrays versatility in rhymed and free verse poems that convey stories about people, places, nature, animals, inspiration, cuisine, music, celebrations, epiphanies and inanimate objects. Included in her compilation is a metrical sample of a Pantoum, Limerick, Elegy and Haiku. This eclectic full-length collection of poetry depicts experiences illustrated through diverse forms of self-expression. Poetry spans across diverse cultures, genders and dialects. Poetic thoughts via metaphors, imagination and creativity allow an individual to weave a storyline of lyrical attributes through personal interpretations. Many poems may not affect every poet or book lover in the same manner, but that is the beauty of it. We can connect to similar emotions, but interpret them uniquely.

From Behind the Pen... 
Kym Gordon Moore Author of "Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry" and "Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit" 
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~*~ "No one can see your visions and 
dreams as clearly as you can. 
Purpose is the key to creation 
manifested through vision." ~*~
-Kym Gordon Moore

Thursday, April 17, 2014


I recently RECEIVED THE MOST DELIGHTFUL, HEARTWARMING E-MAIL from two Mississippi 4th graders. I always say that my poems are great reading for all ages...from 8-80 and beyond ! It's so true ! Their English teacher showed the class some of my poems on the computer and she let these two students send an e-mail. 

Here's the e-mail : ( I took out their names for privacy ) 

Dear Mrs. Dorsey,
Our names are............and ................. We are reading your lovely poems. 
The ones we read are "Mississippi" and "Meet My Mississippi." You put so much personification that we can imagine what you are saying. We loved how you explained things in "Meet My Mississippi." You have given us so much inspiration that we would like to continue reading all of your poems. You do a magnificent job on hooking us to read the poems. You might think it is weird that children are writing to you off our teachers page but we would be honored if you would write to us. How did you get the inspiration to write all of these poems? Why did you become an author instead of something else? Why did you write about Mississippi and not other things? Have you ever wondered who reads your poems? 
Thank you for reading this email. WE LOVE YOUR POEMS!!!! 

MY REPLY: I am so thrilled that you are reading and enjoying my poems! The poems are definitely made for all ages... ages 8-80 and beyond ! My father introduced me to poetry when I was very young . He recited poetry to me often and I fell in love with it ! I have loved reading and hearing poetry since I was probably five years old . I didn't start writing poetry until I was much , much older. I wrote my very first poem after I was 40 years old on February 14, 2007. Most people who write poetry usually start when they are much younger. I was a very late bloomer. I worked in the mental health field for almost 20 years before I began to write poetry. I really didn't decide to write poetry..It kind of decided on me. I wrote my first poem on that February morning ( Valentine's Day) when I woke up out of my sleep with a poem swirling around in my head. I got up and quickly scribbled it down . After that the poems just started to flow and flow. In a few months I had written over 200 poems! I write about Mississippi because I love it/her so much ! I love living in Mississippi and I loved growing up in Mississippi. That is what most of my poems are about ! I want to help people to KNOW more about Mississippi, LEARN more about Mississippi and LOVE more about Mississippi. I hope that your class will read more poems from my books Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia and My Magnolia Memories and Musings -In Poems ! Thanks you SO much for contacting me ! We will definitely keep in touch ! Ask me any questions that you would like. I would love to speak to you and your class one day ! Have a great day !  

Did You Know ..APRIL is National Poetry Month ! 
Read , Write , Share and Celebrate Poetry !

 Here are the poems that the students mentioned in the e-mail :

                                  ~*~ Mississippi ~*~

                     ~*~ Meet My Mississippi ~*~

 What other readers have said about the books/poems : 

"Patricia has a great eye and an ear for the south and the images that make it unique. I plan to use some of her quick rhymes when working with children in Mississippi schools." 
 Heather Truett - Tupelo,MS

Southern Poetry that is really poetry! Your books would go well (in schools) with English, nature studies, history, art,etc." Margaret Ann Tull - Tupelo, MS

                    ~*~ Mississippi Teachers ~*~

             ~*~  Experienced Beauty  ~*~

              ~*~ Know Learn Love  ~*~