My husband and I share a love of literature. The title of this story, which appeared in a summer issue of Guernica Magazine, is part of an inside joke. Being the rock stars they are, the team at Guernica Magazine chose a shot of Regina Mundi Catholic Church as the story's accompanying image. Regina Mundi is a Sowetan institution--countless activist memorials were held there during the black plague of apartheid. Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama made us all weep with beautiful words of armor for Soweto's youth.
The picture you see here is by I See A Different You--three uber cool kids who shoot unexpected treasures in and around Soweto. When I first saw this image, I was transported to another time and place in my life. Maybe one day I'll write about it. So much is communicated in the image, but what I most zeroed in on is the man on the left. The up-curled toes, the clothes that fall as if on an rusted dry cleaners' hangers, the stump in the mouth and the scowl commanding your attention. Books couldn't do this man's full story justice. So instead, I snuck him into Jesus Owes Me Money. Maybe you can guess who he plays?