Read Darren Aronofsky's Teenage Poem About Noah

updated 03/31/2014 AT 01:30 PM EDT

originally published 03/30/2014 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Consider this extra credit for watching Noah.

Darren Aronofsky wrote a Noah-themed poem when he was a teen at Mark Twain IS 239 in Brooklyn. The poem eventually won a United Nations contest, and Aronofsky credits his teacher, Vera Fried, with inspiring his creative writing. (She even has a cameo in Noah.)

We've got both the original poem and an interview with Fried, whose all-pink wardrobe Aronofsky fondly remembers. Needless to say, she was a formidable influence.

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Vera Fried and Darren Aronofsky

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What was Darren like as a student?
Fried: "Darren was a bright light. He was always such a thoughtful person and has remembered my class with great passion. When he found me again he said, 'Thank you for the passion, for the love, and for teaching me what writing really is.'"



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Vera Fried

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Do you remember what else Darren wrote about? Do any of his other pieces spring to mind?
Fried: "I had his class create an entire alien world and a 12-page newspaper from their planet. They had to include ads, movies, and sports that they created. He never gave me back his newspaper because he was so proud of it! He has kept it all these years and said he would send it to me if he can find it."

What's your favorite memory from your time as a teacher?
Fried: "Finding a special gift in each student. Every kid taught me something; from day one I learned from them."

Here's Aronofsky's poem, titled "The Dove." The full text is below.



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Darren Aronofsky's poem "The Dove"

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"Evil was in the world. The laughing crowd left the foolish man and 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 rainbow reached throughout the sky the humble man and his family knew what it meant."

"The animals ran and flew freely with their new born [sic]. The fog rose and the sun shone. Peace was in the air and it soon appeared in all of mans' heart."

"He knew evil could 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 mans' [sic] heart."

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