“1.” and “2. Reflection in Requiem” by Elliot Dresden
What it means to her
I cannot say.
She knew him for a year
or ten, but barely
a second could go by
without that aching burn,
I imagine, a blackening briar
battering its body cage
pain of nothing made wretched nothing
from something from whose something
she came to be.
2. Reflection in Requiem
Weight is a flood in a mirror
born in the gloss of the gazes that graze us.
Like the shift of a stream, the image takes
itself away the instant it becomes
becoming again, again, each ripple
your boat will make a martyred self.
Elliot Dresden is a psychology student from California. He writes to explore his experience of existence, which is often informed by Existential, Nihilist, and Buddhist philosophy. His work often layers philosophic and physical concepts and applies them to human subjectivity.