“molting” … a poem about change and transformation

Via Roger Wolsey
on Oct 5, 2010
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scratch, scratch, SCRATCH!!

months of built-up mane and plumage
fall off in droves
matted clumps of fur float thick in the air
rotted feathers begrudgingly drop like the last stubborn leaves in november
unbuckled scales descend in spastic spurts like unbridled torrential rains
what once were connections that seemed all important,
– discards that no longer serve

newly exposed skin raw and tender
epidermis yearning, aching, longing
insatiable need to rub against rough bark
against a new horn or lover
against the rigidity of firm creeds and dogmas
against untested pipe dreams and flights of fancy
against the raw, nakedness of scary open mics
against anything that might offer relief

the uncomfortable molting
between the what was
and what is to be
Good bye & Good riddance!
– wedded to the urgent expectancy of a full term re-birth
Come baby! Come!

one’s entire self like a recently shaved armpit
growing stiff new stubble

and brother, does it itch.

roger wolsey
october 9, 2009


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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