Something Like A Sonnet for Phillis Miracle Wheatley
Girl from the realm of birds florid and fleet
flying full feather in far or near weather
Who fell to a dollar lust coffled like meat
Captured by avarice and hate spit together
Trembling asthmatic alone on the slave block
built by a savagery travelling by carriage
viewed like a species of flaw in the livestock
A child without safety of mother or marriage
Chosen by whimsy but born to surprise
They taught you to read but you learned how to write
Begging the universe into your eyes:
They dressed you in light but you dreamed with the night.
From Africa singing of justice and grace,
Your early verse sweetens the fame of our Race.
Happy MLK Day to all who value the enduring call of justice. Let’s do June Jordan proud this week as we raise our voices to share our anger and our love.
Please comment with your own thoughts about June, about this poem, and your own favorite poems of hers!