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Mississippi Is...

It is the memory of hearing my daddy’s voice,

and the sound of his laughter.

It is the memory of hearing my grandparents

letting the chickens out for the day.

It is the memory of the sounds of family

and friends gathering to bale hay or work

in the garden.

It is the memory of the sounds of the cows

coming in from the field to be milked.

It is the memory of the sounds of the family

working together to gather and preserve food

for the upcoming year.

It is the memory of the sounds of kids and tired

loved ones as they swam and bathed in the

creek at the end of a long day.

It is the memory of the sounds of frogs

singing to bring on the rain.

It’s the memory of the sound of a line being cast

while Daddy and I fished in the Tangipahoa River.

It is the memory of a cherished family friend

telling stories and bringing everyone joy.

It is the memory of the sound of the church bells

ringing, signaling the call to worship.

It is the memory of the sound of God’s

children raising their voices to him in praise

in that wonderful old church on the hill.

It is the memory of the sounds of friends

and families gathering together for Sunday

dinner after church.

It is the memory of the sound of a whippoorwill

singing his song in the still night air.

Mississippi is music to my ears that brings a smile

to my face, joy to my heart and peace to my soul.

 

by Mary Varnado Fouliard

A native of the Mt. Zion community between Progress and Osyka.

 

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