Base of a Hollowed Out Sycamore Tree
A Self-Portrait of the Ceylon Bridge
Tiffany visits the Ceylon Bridge whenever her Fort Wayne oldies station plays "Come and Get Your Love." she has bound her name into hearts above Alex, Kirk, and Loki. Beneath the word "Redbone" spray painted on the wall above the spot on the floorboards where the body summoned by a teenage seance fell from the ceiling into the shadows that cover the floor. The ash trees across the river bed have been hollowed and bored by emerald beetles, and the frogs that once sang evening love songs along the bank have migrated across the road in pursuit of mosquitos and no-see-ums. Now when she arrives at dusk, chanting the chorus in the voice she has huskied from a Virginia Slims habit, Tiffany sprays elaborate valentines on the bare spaces left on the sideboards by Sam and Kacey and Jason and Holly. She signs "What's the matter with your mind, with your sign?" And twirls in the space where the darkness and the sunlight meet as Lolly Vegas celebrates what the heart wants. As the doves in the rafters look over Tiffany's shoulders to see if they recognize the new name.