H.L. Hix


When they saw a man blind from birth begging,
they asked, Who failed, this man or his parents?
He replied, Seek not cause but occasion.
He spat, made a paste of dust and spittle,
molded it over the blind man’s eyelids,
and sent him to wash in Siloam’s pool.


Even as the waves broke over the boat,
lightning showed him still asleep in the stern,
and they marveled at one not subject to storms.


When the crowd found him on the other shore,
he said to them, You seek me not because
my words sustain you but because I gave
you back more bread than you had brought. Go,
find bread within yourselves, among yourselves.