Poems of the Week

Not Missing But Resting

by Julia Griffin

“Regarding the recent news released on the official website of the WTA, the content has not been
confirmed or verified by myself and it was released without my consent. The news in that release,
including the allegation of sexual assault, is not true. I’m not missing, nor I am unsafe. I’ve just been
resting at home and everything is fine. Thank you again for caring about me.”

Email from the account of the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai

Regarding recent news, let no one chafe:
I am not missing, nor I am unsafe;
I’ve just been too fatigued to step outside
Because of claims I have not verified,
Including one of sexual assault
Which is in fact untrue and no one’s fault.
No content’s been released with my consent.
I’m resting in my home. That’s where I went.
Thank you for caring. Everything is fine.
The words that you are reading here are mine.