32 years ago, when Darren Aronofsky was 13, he wrote a poem about Noah that reinterpreted the Bible legend of God’s petulant antediluvian hissy-fit and he shaped it into verses that were better suited to his class assignment: write about peace. Rather than buy into the flat Genesis threat that God could flush Creation down the toilet and begin again, a fresh rain-clean scent with Captain Noah as the Tidy Bowl Man, young Darren was already exploring a deeper, more meaningful way to tell the story. Here’s teenage Aronofsky’s Noah:
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.