Front Porch

by Patricia Neely-Dorsey 

(Hospitality Headquarters)
Just the spot
For taking in a cool breeze
And watching the world go by
Friends and neighbors out
For a leisurely stroll
Stop and sit a spell.
“Iced Tea”?
“Did you hear about … ?”
“Do Tell!”
“You Don’t Say!”
“My, how the time flies”
“Y’all come back, now”
“You hear? ”

Patricia Neely-Dorsey grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. She attended Boston University, then moved to Memphis for almost 20 years, before returning to her home state in 2007. Moving back into the house she grew up in sparked lots of memories that first year, so much so that Dorsey began to write down her thoughts on paper. Her book of poems, “Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia,” was published in February of 2008. This poem was first published last year in My Magnolia Memories and Musings. Read our 2010 interview with Patricia here and more of her work here

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  • Sandra Bounds / July 18, 2013

    I love this piece that brings back memories of rocking and reading on the front porch, of shelling peas and butter beans, and visiting
    with friends and neighbors in the cool of the evening. Wonderful!