Read Darren Aronofsky's 1982 Childhood Poem That Inspired 'Noah'
This weekend, Darren Aronofsky's somewhat controversial Biblical epic Noah floods theaters, and it'll be sure to stir up discussion with all your religious friends and family members with Easter coming up. And while Noah has only been a reality for the big screen over the past few years, the inception of Aronofsky's affinity for this classic tale goes all the way back to the filmmaker's childhood. In fact, at just 13 years old, Aronofsky wrote a poem that won a United Nations poetry competition while at school in Brooklyn, and the poem actually inspired the film during development of Pi, his directorial debut. Now you can read it below!
Here's the poem from over 30 years ago that inspired Darren Aronofsky's Noah (via Variety):
A Poem by Darren Aronofsky
January 13, 1982
Evil was in the world
The laughing crowd
Left the foolish man at his ark
Filled with animals
When the rain began to fall
It was hopeless
The man could not take the evil crowd with him
But he was allowed to bring his good family.
The rain continued through the night
And the cries of screaming men filled the air
The ark was afloat
Until the dove returned with the leaf
Evil still existed.
When the rainbows reached throughout the sky
The humble man and his family knew what it meant
The animals ran and flew freely with their newborn
The fog rose and the sun shone
Peace was in the air
And it soon appeared in all of man’s heart.
He knew evil would not be kept away
For evil and war could not be destroyed
But neither was it possible to destroy peace
Evil is hard to end and peace is hard to begin
But the rainbow and the dove will always live
Within every man’s heart.
In Darren Aronofsky's take on the Biblical tale, Noah (Russell Crowe) suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge, and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. Paramount/New Regency are behind the project, being produced by Aronofsky & Protozoa Pictures partner Scott Franklin with Mary Parent. Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel wrote the script, with a revision by John Logan before production. The cast includes Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins. Paramount has Aronofsky's Noah scheduled to hit theaters everywhere starting March 28th this year. See the first trailers.