and over to Kyrgyzstan
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had a way with place names.
Coming up with the likes of Osgiliath, Gondolin and Cirith Ungol in his writings about the made up land of Middle Earth.
Still I am reminded that truth is stranger than fiction when I am reminded of those countries to the east of Russia.
The countries that when we had to live with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or the CCCP, made up that Union.
I got that reminder reading the article A Distracted Russia Is Losing Its Grip on Its Old Soviet Sphere in the New York Times.
The article states that these old members of the Soviet Union are taking advantage of Russia’s focus on Ukraine and are getting back to their old ways of not getting along that has gone along since before the birth of Christ.
That these countries don’t get along has to take a second seat for me as in the first seat is the realization that there really are countries named Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
People live there.
They go to sleep and get up every morning and go to work and come home and go to bed at night.
Where they work, what they have for breakfast and whether or not they have parent-teacher conferences or even telephones, old style, telephone wire, landline telephones is all unknown to me.
They have to have some exposure to modern items as the article stated: And here along the mountainous border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, long-running quarrels between farmers over land, water and smuggled contraband escalated last month into a full-scale conflict involving tanks, helicopters and rockets, as the armies of the two countries fought each other to a standstill.
How about that?
Technology is available for fighting so why do I picture these places as looking just like Anatevka?
Well, forget what these places might look like.
From the point of view of syllables and haiku, you can’t beat the names.