Title change to "Bread and Fish" ... I recall now that when I previously titled this piece I didn't want to refer that baldly to the loaves & fishes & Jesus story. Oh, what the heck. I've looked back at last to the first version; it was titled "The Townspeople".
Yes, I realize the water with fish swimming in it suddenly becomes a sheaf of grain and that that's a mixed metaphor. It prefigures the bread? You gotta water the grain in the fields, too, right?
What is the content of the speech? The sermon? ... The poem is making the claim that the specifics aren't relevant? I've always been suspicious of such a stance in poetry.
But I do like the words as fish. That they swim through us.