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Mississippi Is…

I come from baseballs and bats,

from ponds and fishing poles.

I’m from the buttermilk biscuits and duck rolls.

I come from the saying,

“If you gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough,”

from Lucedale, and Agricola,

with baked beans and fried chicken.

I come from the tears of losing my grandfather,

from the picture books on the wooden shelf,

bringing back old memories and good times.

I come from the gun beside my bed,

from the slugs I’ve shot.

I come from hats off at the table,

from blessings before we eat,

and prayers before we sleep.

I come from the dirt on my boots,

from the working sweat I’ve been through,

And the tea I’ve drunk.

I come from going to church on Sunday,

And Bible reading at night.

I come from a country world.


by Case Crawley, a resident of Lucedale and a member of Singing River Electric. Case, now 16 and a junior in high school, wrote the poem in the eighth grade.


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