Girl on Bike

kinshasa

She said Kinshasa, like it held some sort of resonance.

Kinshasa.

In Africa, I’m going there, maybe Monday.

I asked if she’d ever been to Africa.

No, not really.

Kinshasa.

I need to know what it’s like, to be a stranger, she said.

Isn’t it dangerous, Kinshasa? Warring tribes, machetes, that sorta thing?

Don’t be fucking stupid, it’s like a major city.

She handed me a photo, of her on a bike, when she was young, all slow and clean.