So he spoke of the kingdom, healed the sick;
And when evening came, his friends came to him.
They said, "It is late; there's nothing around,
And the people are all growing hungry now.
Let's send them away so they can buy bread."
"No," Jesus said, "you feed them instead.
Give unto them from what you yourselves have."
"But we don't have enough!" they protested back.
"Indeed," Philip said, "more than half a year's wage
Would barely even begin to assuage
The hunger-pangs of a crowd that's so vast!"
"How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked.
And Andrew replied, "That boy over there,
He has five loaves he'd be willing to share,
And two fish besides; but it can't be much good
When what's needed is a whole multitude's food!"
"Bring them to me," Jesus said, "then go ask
The crowd, as they sit out there in the grass,
To order themselves into grouped companies
All over the field, of about fifty each."