until a name/ and all its connotation are the same.
Elizabeth Bishop, “Conversation”
When he asks me for my name, I give him Jee.
No, your real name, he insists. Don’t patronize me because I am American.
I tell him my name is Jee Leong, but in America I go by Jee.
Jee Leong, he elongates, now that is a beautiful name.
He is right I didn’t think he could remember Jee Leong
but he is wrong to think I made Jee up for him.