Faith Amidst Doubt?

old boat with finish net on the shore


Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”

Luke 5:5, New American Bible


How did you do it, Peter? Up all night, casting your net time after time, sailing across all of Lake of Galilee for a catch. You come home empty-handed, and a road-mired rabbi you’ve never seen before tells you to cast your net again.

And you do.

I show up day after day, work hard to help my students learn and succeed. But each day, I struggle to believe that I make a difference. Each day: the same disruptions, same lackluster results, same struggles.

The inescapable Greek Chorus in my head carries on: “You can’t do this. They’ll find out. They’ll fire you.”

Where did you find the strength of spirit to believe, Peter? How did you say, “yes,” when every instinct in you said, “no?”

How can I?

spring dawn
a lone drop falls
from the deck


photo by Alexander Andrews

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Frank J. Tassone

Frank J. Tassone lives in New York City's "back yard" with his wife and son. He fell in love with writing after he wrote his first short story at age 12 and his first poem in high school. He began writing haiku and haibun seriously in the 2000s. His haikai poetry has appeared in Failed Haiku, Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, Contemporary Haibun, The Haiku Foundation and Haiku Society of America member anthologies. He is a contributing poet for the online literary journal Image Curve, and a performance poet with Rockland Poets. When he's not writing, Frank works as a special education high school teacher in the Bronx. When he's not working or writing, he enjoys time with his family, meditation, hiking, practicing tai chi and geeking out to Star Wars, Marvel Cinema and any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and TV worth seeing.

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