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What Does Mississippi Need?

The State of Mississippi Needs a State Poem

It is true that not all the states in the USA have a State Poem, but I do not know of another state that has a poet such as Patricia Neely-Dorsey who loves her Mississippi. She sure doesn’t keep it a secret and will proudly tell anyone she meets how much she loves her state.

Patricia has published two books of her Southern Poetry and was recently recognized by the Governor of Mississippi as a Goodwill Ambassador. Through her lovely poems, she promotes a positive Mississippi while celebrating all things Southern. The following words were included in the official resolution by the State of Mississippi:

Patricia Neely-Dorsey believes that we can bridge many gaps
of misunderstanding across regional , racial , cultural , generational
and economic lines by simply sharing our stories.

Meet Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Mississippi

This poster pretty much sums up how Patricia feels about her great state.

A Word from Patricia Neely-Dorsey

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.
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.

Meet My Mississippi

by Patricia Neely-Dorsey and Read by Hank Beukema


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

Will You Help?

Sign The Petition

Please sign our petition to get Mississippi Legislators to name “Meet My Mississippi” as our official state poem. Written by Mississippi native Patricia Neely-Dorsey, this poem reflects our hospitality, outdoor charm, literary and musical genius, strength, and our resolve to see the good in everything before us.

You do not have to live in Mississippi to sign the petition.

Petition – Meet My Mississippi – Make This Our State Poem

These Books are Available on Amazon.com

Just click the links below

If you are a Southerner, you are sure to love Patricia’s poetry. If you are not a Southerner, you need to read them to know what you are missing out on.

Books of Poetry by Patricia Neely-Dorsey on Amazon.com

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia and My Magnolia Memories and Musings

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems

My Magnolia Memories and Musings- In Poems

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Nancy Hellams

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother living in the small, historic town of Pendleton, South Carolina.

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