Wish You Were Here, Nia Owen
After Rainer Maria Rilke
Sometimes a claims adjuster stands up during an HR meeting
and walks out of the office, drives away and keeps on driving,
because of a glacial tarn somewhere in the Rockies.
His co-workers talk about him as though he’s committed suicide.
And another adjuster, who stays with the agency a little longer,
dies there, inside the copiers and file cabinets,
so that the mail clerk can have his bones overnighted
to that same mountain lake, which he never managed to forget.
About the Artist
Nia Owen · Oberlin College
Nia Owen is an international student studying Studio Art & Art History at Oberlin College, Ohio. Her home country is Wales, and she is the first Welsh student to attend Oberlin College. She has been taking photographs since the age of thirteen. “Wish You Were Here” first appeared in Plum Creek Review.