DESCRIPTION: Poem, Children's Book, Animation, App
STATUS: Seeking illustrator/animator

This is a true story based on the experience of a South African girl, recounted to me by a screenwriter colleague. It instantly inspired this poem.  It a tells of the quiet triumph of unlikely love, set against the juxtaposition of nature and apartheid.  I hope you like it:

There's a Whale Under The Stairs

Once there was a whale
And once there was a girl
The girl lived by the sea
And it in, the whale

The girl and the whale were separated
By their lives

Once there was a storm
The whale fought the waves
But the sea was too strong
And the whale was washed ashore

The girl found the whale the next day
Lying still, on the beech

The girl told her father
Who buried the whale
Deep in the ground
Where it waited, and waited, until one day

The girls father dug up the whale
All that remained were its bones

The girl and her father gathered the bones
And took them home
They put the whales bones in boxes
And left them under the stairs, where they stayed

The girl grew older and her farther grew old
The whale stayed under the stairs

Once there was a boy
Who married a girl
Whose father shared a secret with the boy
About how to build a whale

So the girl and the whale were re-united
By their lives

The Beginning...

I have very flexible ideas for each illustrated scene and I'm looking for a creative talent to help bring them too life. It is the first of a series of shorts that I'd like to release as animated apps.

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