During the harsh winter of 1817
Was the beginning of the great state of Mississippi.
A state that overtime has been misunderstood greatly.
Today, stands for freedom and social equality.
When reflecting on a place like Mississippi
We are reminded of all the good times and simplicities
The sounds of the blues and BB King
to Elvis Presley strumming on his guitar strings.
From the stories of William Faulkner and Eudora Welty
Are reasons this state is well read and proficient in literacy
When looking back on the state’s long, history
we remember 1865, when the Union won the victory.
That day, the civil war ended as did the confederacy
which produced the 13th amendment that abolished slavery
Remembered for their civil endeavors
Are John Perkins, Emmit Till, and Medgar Evers
Who ushered in the movements of the civil rights era
When thinking about the great state of Mississippi
From the fables of witches and ghost stories
That supposedly haunt the historic Yazoo city
From rolling hills that belong to Vicksburg’s National Park
Are remembered all the battles and the civil war landmarks
On a tour, through the Natchez trace’s scenery
You will be amazed by the native land’s beauty.
From the town squares, antebellum, and antiquity
Are some of the unique things that belong to Mississippi
Famous for the Hail state and Hotty toddy
This land is full of competition and in-state rivalries
Founded in the state of the Magnolia
Was developed the crisps taste of thirst quenching, Coca Cola
Due to President Roosevelt’s hunting sprees
The teddy bear was first stuffed right here in Mississippi
“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” -William Faulkner
written by sps, October 2015
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