The Attestations of Phillis Wheatley
In sixteen months, such fluencies
emancipating voice and heart:
your verse provoked grand inquiries
to qualify their start.
You testified, beyond all doubt,
rhymes burgeoned from your soul,
however young, despite without
some academic scroll
to ratify your gloried flights
of eloquence and ripe insights.
These tested truths did set you free,
affirm your fame, make history
a study of what certifies:
authentic breath to authorize
those sovereign gospels all may reach
once past their instincts to impeach.
The Attestations of Phillis Wheatley © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.
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Submitted: September 15, 2019