Scratching the surface

A chicken turns up more

Than is at first seen.


Today our dear friend
Chicken soup
This very ordinary day
Boiled up a pot of
Chicken soup
And swallowed it away

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I do not think it is possible to answer the question: "Which came first?" I am not even sure that the question is necessary. The reason for this is that while we find poetic texts in the Bible, being somewhat different from prose texts, many texts are in between. And given the universal linguistic capacity of humans (with our two brain halves), why should not both prose and poetry have been used from the beginning?

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