Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

The biggest group of Jesus’ twelve disciples were professional fishermen before they signed up to follow Him.  Professional fishermen.  They knew the way storms and waves behaved on the Sea of Galilee.  They knew whether or not the fish were biting.  (OK, technically that’s not the right phrase because they were using nets—but you get the idea.)  They knew the Man they were dealing with was not just another lay rabbi.  That is one reason why we can still trust their testimony today.


(Commentary, Luke 5:5)

“We’ve toiled all night and caught no fish as yet;

Our eyes are drooping and our muscles ache.

But at your bidding, we’ll let down the net.”

(Though, just ‘twixt you and me, I doubt we’ll get

A single tug at this end of the lake.

We’ve toiled all night and caught no fish as yet.)

“A better preacher we have never met,

But teaching us to fish?  That takes the cake!

Still, at your bidding we’ll let down the net.”

(I don’t know why we’re doing this.  I’ll bet

He’s never fought this hard to stay awake.

We’ve toiled all night and caught no fish as yet.)

And yet, somehow I don’t think we’ll regret

Obeying him, though seaweed’s all we’ll take.

So, “At your bidding we’ll let down the net.”

Then, without warning, every line was set

So taut we were afraid the line would break:

We’d toiled all night and caught no fish as yet,

But, at his bidding, we let down the net.

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest book, Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis, from Square Halo Books!

Donald T. Williams, PhD


About gandalf30598

Theologian, philosopher, poet, and critic; minister of the Gospel who makes his living by teaching medieval and renaissance literature; dual citizen of Narnia and Middle Earth.

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