Thursday, December 17, 2009

Remembering Brother Leon

A devoted deacon in our church died from cancer a few days ago. He was 87 years old and will be greatly missed. 

  Remembering Brother Leon

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of
Brother Leon is that when the church doors opened,
he was there. Gentleness, faithfulness and kindness
were his presents wrapped up in his broad, ready
smile. The next thing I'll always remember is his soft
spoken prayer for the elderly, "May their latter days
be their better days." Although it's especially

hard to let him go at this holiday season, we surely
know that his example of what a Christian, husband,
and father should be crowns his life like the shining
star we lovingly place on the top of the evergreen
Christmas tree. I'm certain that he would hope

the timing of his death would not make Christmas
a time of sadness, but rather a time to rejoice
that the Savior was born so that we may have
eternal life. Let us keep Brother Leon and his gifts
ever present in our hearts, and strive to make our own
lives a light that will shine just as brightly.

—Wynne Huddleston

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia

Check out Patricia Neely Dorsey's Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems, "a true celebration of the south and things southern." The author states, "There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. In my book, using childhood memories, personal thoughts and dreams, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life. I try to show that there is much is more to Mississippi and the south than all of the negatives usually portrayed. I invite readers to Meet Mississippi (and the south) Through Poetry, Prose and The Written Word."


If you want a glimpse of Southern life,
Come close and walk with me;
I'll tell you all the simple things,
That you are sure to see.
You'll see mockingbirds and bumblebees,
Magnolia blossoms and dogwood trees,
Caterpillars on the step,
Wooden porches cleanly swept;
Watermelons on the vine,
Strong majestic Georgia pines;
Rocking chairs and front yard swings,
Junebugs flying on a string;
Turnip greens and hot cornbread,
Coleslaw and barbecue;
Fried okra, fried corn, fried green tomatoes,
Fried pies and pickles too.
There's ice cold tea that's syrupy sweet,
And cool, green grass beneath your feet;
Catfish nipping in the lake,
And fresh young boys on the make.
You'll see all these things
And much, much more,
In a way of life that I adore.

Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey

from "Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life In Poems"


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Publications that Accept Poem Previously Posted in Blogs

To my fellow poets:
I would really like to put my poems on this blog, but I don't want to banish them to the Never Never Land of publishing simply because many places will not accept any work that has been posted on a personal blog. I was happy to find the following publications that will consider them for publication. If you know of any more, please add to the list by posting them in a reply. Also, if I have an error, let me know. Thanks!

Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poems
Indiana Review
Liquid Imagination
Shit Creek Review
No Tell Motel
Blue Fifth
Sleet Magazine
SmokeLong Quarterly
Snapdragon: A Journal of Healing
The Diagram
Falling Star Magazin
Indiana Voice Journal
These reportedly take them, but I couldn't find it stated on their sites:

Barn Owl Review
Hobble Creek Review


About Me

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren.