The Zoo

“Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo, I do believe it, I do believe it’s true.” Simon and Garfunkel.

I seem to have been to a lot of zoos in my life.

When I first heard of the novel “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini published in 2003, I understood that it was about growing up in Kabul from the first coup to exile during the Soviet era into 21st century.  They made a movie about it that came out in 2007.  I did not want to revisit those memories.  I was there a long time ago.  It was my high school years.  But someone turned up from those days last year, so I finally loaded it on to my Kindle and read it.

Khaled Hosseini mentions Marjan the lion at the Kabul Zoo, and he mentioned a date of 1975.  It was the lion that made me go back through old photos.  I was there in 1971 and also again in about 1974.  My parents were posted there that time.  I was going through my own coming of age issues, my own ineptitude with the world around me, and my own relations with my family.  At 66, I still suppress, and am looking for who I truly am.  It is a lifetime pursuit.

Marjan ?

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About johnsmithiiimxiii

John Smith, IIMXIII is the avatar of an award winning poet, artist, etc. who still lives in the Palouse country of the Pacific NW. He has not received much notice with his prose . . . but as his avatar, I hope that he keeps plugging along.

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