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MURRAY COUNTY POETRY
Poems by Murray Poets and Poems About Murray County

This section, introduced in the spring of 2007, will document poetry written about Murray County subjects by any poet as well as original poetry created by Murray County citizens.

Works included in this section are arranged alphabetically by author.

It is probable that the oldest work known to have been penned by a Murray County resident is A Cherokee Girl's Farewell to Her Country, by a teenaged poet known only as Anna, first published in 1838.

(01)  The Two Voices, by David M. Ausmus

(02)  On the Death of Winston Churchill, by Emma Jewel (Etheredge) Best, 1965

(03)  Waiting, by Emma Jewel (Etheredge) Best

(04)  A Few Lines on Murray, A. Booster

(05)  On the Election of Lyndon B. Johnson, by Emma Jewel (Etheredge) Best, 1965

(06)  Chatsworth High School, probably by Gwendolyn Brooks, 1927. Copied from graduation program.

(07)  It Is Then I Shall Die, Written by a widow living in Chatsworth in 1922, Mrs. Nannie B. Edwards

(08)  Spring, by Emma Jewel (Etheredge) Best. This work orginally was published in Great Poems of Our Time, copyright 1993, National Library of Poetry. It is used here by permission of her family. Emma is at Maple Ridge Health Care, 22 Maple Ridge Drive, SE, Cartersville, GA.

(09)  Alma Mater (Murray County High School), Miss Lula Gladden, 1930s.

(10)  Bagley's School Song, Danny Harkleroad, Tim Howard, and Chip Leetch.

(11)  The Quiet Hero by Anita Heaton

(12)  The Never Ending Trail, by Del “Abe” Jones, early 2000s.

(13)  Jerry, by Kathryn Jordan

(14)  Leap Year In 1944, by Nora Lee Lambert

(15)  Does Daddy Go?, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(16)  Not Our's to Wonder Why, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(17)  The Trees Are His, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(18)  Fort Mountain, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(19)  The Mighty May Fall, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(20)  Worn-Out Wagon Wheel, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(21)  To See Ourselves, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(22)  Thou Art the Man, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(23)  Bullets Over Jordan, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(24)  The Burden-Bearer, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(25)  The Tenth Commandment, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(26)  Veterans Day, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(27)  Easter, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(28)  Signs of Spring, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(29)  To David, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(30)  I Wonder, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(31)  Left-Handed Days, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(32)  The Old Songs, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(33)  The Fig Tree, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(34)  He Cares, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(35)  Psalm 23, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(36)  The Arrowhead, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(37)  Palm Sunday, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(38)  No Eskimo, John Homer Luffman, 1910-1987.

(39)  The Land of the Cherokees, by Ernest Neal, 1927. He once lived in Murray County and was Poet Laureate of Georgia.

(40)  Moonlit Water Garden, by D. K. Pritchett.

(41)  Satirist, by D. K. Pritchett.

(42)  Schoolhouse on the Hill, Jane Arthur Pugmire.

(43)  The Cyclone of Georgia, Waymon R. Roberts

(44)  Fort Mountain, by William Martin Sapp, of Whitfield County.

(45)  Murray County, by William Martin Sapp

(46)  The Hills of the Conasauga, A. M. Sparks

(47)  Spring Place, C. R. Vance, late 1800s or early 1900s.

(48)  Three Cheers for Spring Place, Charles H. Shriner, early 1900s.

(49)  Ramhurst, by Charles H. Shriner, early 1900s.

(50)  We Love Old Murray County, author unknown. Work was included in History of Murray County, by Charles H. Shriner, published in 1911.

(51)  Song of Murray, by Charles Shriner

(52)  North Georgia Scouts, by Maurice Thompson, first published in Century Magazine, in 1905.

(53)  The Ballad of Chickamauga, by Maurice Thompson, late 1800s.

(54)  The Flag Bearer, by Maurice Thompson, late 1800s.

(55)  Tsali (SAH-lee), by Del “Abe” Jones, early 2000s.

(56)  Alma Mater, Gladden Middle School, by a committee

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