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Southern Hospitality

(A Blank Verse Sonnet)

In June, we traveled south to Memphis town,
a public poets' fete with Southern flair.
The mid-south heart unfolded nationwide,
an open cloak of warmth spread far afield
in concert with the sound and sense of rhyme.
A graciousness so coupled with its pride
to sharpen all who came in studied hope
and reasoned well effect, to prove result.
Yet seasoned poets put their pens aside;
the books they found, devoured with eyes and minds
already voiced the thoughts mankind repeats,
our ageless chants for hearts in love or pain.
        The weather's pull to southern ports advanced
        the lure of southern charm from heart to heart.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 11/18/2014 10:28:00 AM
Very lovely blank sonnet Cona, my dear friend. I enjoyed your most delightful trip into the south. Yes, most southerners are very warm hospitable people. The south to me is beautiful and historical it takes my breath away its beauty when think of it and I was there. Lived there so I know it first hand for years. :) a 7 for me! :) Love and hugs! xxxx D.
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Date: 11/18/2014 11:53:00 AM
Thank you, Dorian. At the Arkansas Writers Conference, we were warmly received, and three states (Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi) hosted the national poetry convention in Memphis. Many states have poetry societies affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS).