The sailors pray (Jon 1:5-1:5)

“Then the mariners

Were afraid.

Each cried

To his own god.

They threw

The cargo

That was in the ship

Into the sea,

To lighten it

For them.”

The sailors on this ship were afraid during the sea storm.  They each cried to their own god, since these sailors were from all different regions and countries.  They also threw overboard some of the cargo on board to lighten the ship.

The sea storm (Jon 1:4-1:4)

“But Yahweh

Hurled a great wind

Upon the sea.

Such a mighty storm

Came upon the sea,

That the ship

Threatened

To break up.”

After the ship had set out to sea, Yahweh hurled a great wind on the Mediterranean Sea, since Yahweh controlled the weather.  The ship seemed to feel like it was threatening to break up into pieces.