Iowa Writes

Family Reunion

Two brothers
A biologist and theologist debate:
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Why the chicken, says the theologist,                                                                                                 
for God created the Animals in their present forms
as surely as you or I.

No the egg, replies the biologist, for
the final mutation needed to bring the
chicken to its present form must first be
manifested in the embryo.

Not so, counters the theologist,
for Man has believed in a Divine Creator in every country
since time began,
who could argue with such Universal Truth.

You use flawed logic, retorts the biologist, for
man once believed in geocentricity as well.

It went on like this for many hours,
until late in the evening when the biologist's wife emerged from the kitchen.

Why, you two haven't eaten supper! Here,
we have some egg salad and chicken sandwiches left,
Which one would you two like?

Then the theologist's wife spoke from within the kitchen.

Actually Jules, the eggs are older.
They better have those first.

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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Kelly writes, "I am sixteen, and I enjoy movies, cycling, and Garrison Keillor. I first discovered I enjoyed reading from my English textbook in seventh grade, a reality I am still adjusting to."

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