Cold Squishies – a poem for Earth Day

Via on Apr 22, 2010

cold squishies

cold squishies beneath my feet,
the thrill of the world
in my heart as it beats.

the songs of the birds
i joyfully hear,
i know without doubt
that Creator is near.

the warmth of the morning
sinks deep in my chest
perhaps what i’m thinking
really is best.

Yet the voices of others resist crying:

“Heresy!
Idolatry!
Paganism!
Sin!!”

No.

these are the cries of those who misread
the presence of God
and the All of His deeds.


- aside from a love poem I wrote for my mother when I was in 2nd grade, this was the first poem I’d ever written. It was composed in 1988, when I was still 19, while sitting barefoot by a lovely farm pond near North Liberty, IA. Not necessarily a great poem, it clearly had an agenda. It was written as a corrective to those who overly emphasize Divine transcendence from the world and minimize God’s immanence in it. – I hadn’t even heard of Marcus Borg, panentheism, process theology, etc. yet. This tells me that such an insight really is of God as it is innate wisdom.

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About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity

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4 Responses to “Cold Squishies – a poem for Earth Day”

  1. Roger Wolsey BrotherRog says:

    Yo. Here's a way you can celebrate Earth Day weekend by rolling up your sleeves and making a difference:
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  2. Greg says:

    One does not need process theology or pantheism to head in this direction. The life of St. Francis of Assisi provides an early model of the appreciation one can have for the divinity present in all creation. The film Brother Sun, Sister Moon that celebrates his life is still a pleasant viewing experience. Of course, at Taming the Wolf, where we attempt to revive the legend of Francis taming the fierce wolf of Gubbio, we are biased.

  3. Roger Wolsey Roger Wolsey says:

    agreed. indeed, my writing that little ditty when i was 19 and not aware of such things is evidence of this. Brother Sun, Sister Moon is one of my favorite movies. I am so glad that you mentioned it! Yes St. Francis, and several of the early mystics (both men and women) certainly knew what we're talking about. Blessings to you and the good folks at Taming the Wolf.

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