The whole world had already
been created with hills and mountains, valleys and rivers,
streams and brooks when the Tisza was standing on its own
before the Lord's throne.
-What can I do with you, my poor child?-, asked the Lord.
-Just trust me, Father-, said Jesus Christ, - I can arrange
Having said that, Jesus took a golden plough and harnessed
a donkey to it and told the Tisza to follow the donkey and
the plough along the furrow. Thus he set the plough against
the soil and it ploughed the bed for the river which followed
it faithfully everywhere. However there was a lot of "cötkény*"
scattered all around and the donkey was feeling hungry, and
it is well known how fond of cötkény it is anyway, so he reached
after one and then another and left the straight path pulling
the plough behind him. This is why the Tisza is so unpredictable,
so winding and meandering.
( *cötkény = thistle )