Skip to main content

poetry My name [Inaudible.]

Responding to the shootings in Atlanta’s Gold Spa, poet Patricia Mona Eng uses online quotes of the shooter against the 911 recordings of the Asian woman calling for help.

,

My name [Inaudible.]

By Patricia Mona Eng

I go by my middle name, Aaron

 

I played drums [Whispering.]

 

When I was at Sequoyah High: 1916 Piedmont Road.

 

It's definitely an outlet Yeah,

If you like this article, please sign up for Snapshot, Portside's daily summary.

(One summary e-mail a day, you can change anytime, and Portside is always free.)

 

If I'm angry or something Gold Spa.

 

I go down to my drum set [Inaudible.]

 

And start hitting stuff Right now.

 

It just helps So, can help me, come.

 

My friends say 1916 Piedmont Road.

 

I am super nice, super Christian Huh?

 

A deeply religious person I don’t know.

 

And very quiet [Inaudible.]

 

I would walk around school That guy,

 

With a Bible: that’s why. Need police.

 

Pizza, guns, drums, music, Yeah

 

family, and God [Whispering.]

 

This pretty much sums up my life Gold Spa.

 

It's a pretty good life Gold Spa.

 

I was saved at Crabapple First Baptist Church [Inaudible.]

 

They are all praying for me now Sorry.

 

Just before it happened Thank you.

 

My parents kicked me out Hiding right now,

 

And so I was emotional that’s why.

 

You can believe me when I say They have a gun.

 

It was not about race [Inaudible.] That’s why.

 

I just wanted to eliminate Yeah. [Inaudible.] That’s why.

 

Temptation Um, this is Gold Spa.

 

And I was pretty much fed up [Whispering.]

 

And had been kind of I don’t know,

 

At the end of my rope I’m hiding right now.

 

And yesterday was just Oh, yeah.

 

A really bad day [Inaudible.]

 

For me I don’t know.

 

And this is just Please come,

 

What I did. OK?

 

My name [Inaudible.]

 

[Whispering.] Thank you.

 

Please.

 

Patricia Mona Eng is a poet from the Boston area. She has studied poetry in an undergraduate workshop led by J.D. McClatchy and in workshops led by Tom Daley.