The floor boards in the room
are about 12 inches wide.
The house was built in 1790, a man had been hanged in the backyard
And there is a cell built in under the house.
This is Andrea’s room.
She rents it for $120 per week.
Andrea worked in the circus
But she lost her job.
It is an odd story, but she told it to me last night
As we were lying in bed and the moon shone across the sheets
Bathing us in a clean white light.
The window was open and somewhere the wind blew
A door open and closed over and over again.
Her job was to climb a rope,
Holding an antique vase and then,
Using her incredible strength,
Spin around doing tricks.
She drops the vase
And when it hits the ground
It doesn’t break, it bounces.
The scheme was the vase looked antique,
But it was made of rubber.
The crowd laughed
And she lost her job that night after the show.
I listened to her story,
But I knew it was not completely true.
I had been told she’d been stealing money,
But I didn’t say anything to her.
Now she works in the casino with me.
I clean dishes in the kitchen and she makes and sells coffee in the café,
Sometimes we would talk and play blackjack
And that’s how I met her.
She had to go to work early and I don’t start until late
So I get to lay in bed, listening to the sounds of this city
And the door opening and closing in the wind.
He room is so much neater than mine, and cheaper.
I live in an old apartment on the highway.
The only thing I don’t have are ghosts,
And sometimes at night, in this old house,
Andrea tells me she hears things, like ghosts
Moaning outside the door.
That’s why she likes company.