Poem For Phillis Wheatly by Mecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillis wheatly,

Named for the

boat that carried her

As she carried the heat

of Senegal on her tongue

7 year old with

7 year itch to annul

from her ignorance

 

Her innocence forced

To grow with the ticking

Of the waves, I wonder

Where her mind wandered.

 

Trying not to let her homes

Memories roll too far away

with the rock the slave ship

did she ever forget her name?

 

did the tailors who bought her

make her a doll to tell secrets too,

they loved her poems, but what if

they really heard the truth?

were they really nice folk

if they couldnt stitch her family back

together.

Couldn’t give her back her name?

 

Gave her a taste of freedom

Then auctioned her to a new slavery,

Tokenism.

Im sure it was nice of them at the time

She was glorified by the whites

But really

Was it really her book, her stories

If it didn’t have her name.

 

When they were dead and gone,

Im sure Phillis wrote their poem

Their final wish was her freedom

She floated to London like a page in the wind

Free woman, with a slave name.

 

Woman with a sickness

that followed her like

A phantom. Deeper than

Those white people could

Fathom. I wonder what you

Would say today.

 

unfortunately you will still be

searching for the revoulution

and the free slaves, and your name.

 

O phillis, you who wrote for

So many that has passed

So I will write for you, if only we

knew your name.

 

yet we hold your story close in our poetry books

marking where we will continue the right to read

which is a right you demanded.

 

You learned to read by reading the bible

So every word of your poetry flows directly

from god, found strength in your pen and

sarcasm on your lips. Outgrown your earthly bound

and became a scribes for the heavens

with your children in your arms.

But where is your name

 

It was waiting for you,

On your mothers lips

The sweetest poetry

you’ve ever known.

A greatness that could not

be handled by man alone.

It is the only acceptable

Reason why they would

Give you

an unmarked grave.

 

 

 

Phillis wheatly,

Named for the

boat that carried her

As she carried the heat

of Senegal on her tongue

7 year old with

7 year itch to annul

from her ignorance

 

Her innocence forced

To grow with the ticking

Of the waves, I wonder

Where her mind wandered.

 

Trying not to let her homes

Memories roll too far away

with the rock the slave ship

did she ever forget her name?

 

did the tailors who bought her

make her a doll to tell secrets too,

they loved her poems, but what if

they really heard the truth?

were they really nice folk

if they couldnt stitch her family back

together.

Couldn’t give her back her name?

 

Gave her a taste of freedom

Then auctioned her to a new slavery,

Tokenism.

Im sure it was nice of them at the time

She was glorified by the whites

But really

Was it really her book, her stories

If it didn’t have her name.

 

When they were dead and gone,

Im sure Phillis wrote their poem

Their final wish was her freedom

She floated to London like a page in the wind

Free woman, with a slave name.

 

 

 

Woman with a sickness

that followed her like

A phantom. Deeper than

Those white people could

Fathom. I wonder what you

Would say today.

 

unfortunately you will still be

searching for the revoulution

and the free slaves, and your name.

 

O phillis, you who wrote for

So many that has passed

So I will write for you, if only we

knew your name.

 

yet we hold your story close in our poetry books

marking where we will continue the right to read

which is a right you demanded.

 

You learned to read by reading the bible

So every word of your poetry flows directly

from god, found strength in your pen and

sarcasm on your lips. Outgrown your earthly bound

and became a scribes for the heavens

with your children in your arms.

But where is your name

 

It was waiting for you,

On your mothers lips

The sweetest poetry

you’ve ever known.

A greatness that could not

be handled by man alone.

It is the only acceptable

Reason why they would

Give you

an unmarked grave.

 

~meccamorphosis

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