Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We Bring Democracy To The Fish

It is unacceptable that fish prey on each other.
For their comfort and safety, we will liberate them
into fishfarms with secure, durable boundaries
that exclude predators. Our care will provide
for their liberty, health, happiness, and nutrition.
Of course all creatures need to feel useful.
At maturity the fish will discover their purposes.

"We Bring Democracy To The Fish" is a poem by Donald Hall from his definitive lifetime work White Apples and the Taste of Stone. © Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.

"How To Bring Democracy To The Fish" is an animated film by Drew Christie done in watercolor, based on the poem "We Bring Democracy To The Fish" by Donald Hall and inspired a little bit by "If Sharks Were Men" by Bertolt Brecht.

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