- The disciples out at sea again.


So many complications in the mission.


Five loaves and two small fishes


to feed the sick Tiberian five thousand,


who want to crown this miracle a king.


But Jesus will not suffer them their vanity


and leaves their lonely company to bread.


He finds another mountain: thus the twelve


abandoned, putting out to sea in the generalized


direction of Capernaum, lost without their master.


A storm blows up, the kind that makes of sailors


disciples of us all. Three, four miles,


twenty-five or thirty furlongs,


rowing in a wind that feels like crime.


They know they should have waited at the shore.


Fear, they know, is their faith tested.


Fear of the figure they now see walking toward them.