It’s a long day
when there’s a freeway
down the middle of your heart.
Falling vampires in the shadows.
Good girls are made to be broken.
Is that your name written in the sky?
What carries you away?—Jesus?
Elvis? Horses? Your boyfriend? Or is it
all the bad boys of Southern California?
I wanted a fall song, and somehow I ended up with “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty. There’s more to it than I remembered—lots for me to work with, and a real sense of place.