The Mark

"The Mark of Cain" by Merrill Farnsworth

Every beginning finds an end…

…every ending finds a new beginning. This story begins outside Eden’s gates with the birth of a son…

… then another, two brothers, Cain and Abel…

…one brother ending the life of the other in a jealous rage. Feeling the sting of rejection, Cain cut into his own flesh and blood…

…killed what he loved and tried to bury the shame, but God witnessed the crime.

The story could have ended with Cain cold in the ground next to Abel, struck down for murder. Instead God sent Cain to wander the earth in search of a new beginning…

…just as we all must seek new beginnings when we kill what we love.

On his journey, Cain received The Mark, a mark to protect him from all those anxious to give him what they thought he deserved.

This Mark is for all who have killed

Be it hope or joy

Justice or mercy

Tenderness or trust

Time or tomorrow or today

Comfort or peace

Thankfulness or rest

The yearnings of the child within

The caresses of your lover’s arms

This Mark is for all who have cut

Your billowing sails

Before journey’s end,

The blossom of a promise

Reaching towards light

The roots of your soul

The wings of your spirit

The cords of kinship

The bonds of a friendship

This Mark is for all who have murdered

A vision, a vow, or a dream

The flight of imagination

Or the landing of love

In your heart

Your calling, your talents

The meaning of your story

Your belief in beyond

The sparkle in your eyes

This Mark is for all who have buried

Secrets or shame

Disappointment or desire

Your kinship with the dark

Your passion for the rising of the dawn


Your laughter, your longing

Your innocence, your wonder

Your impulse to play

To sing, to fly, to dance

For all who wander in search of life and love

Take The Mark of Cain

A sign of grace to protect the prodigal

Until he finds

Until she finds



About Merrill Farnsworth

Merrill was declared a poet in 6th grade by Sister Mary McDonald and kept writing. In addition to being named an ASCAP songwriter of the year for her work with Michelle Tumes on the single, Heaven’s Heart, she has written lyrics for various artists, worked on animation projects for Sony Wonder and Columbia Pictures and written numerous stage, video and radio scripts. Her current project is a collection of stories and paintings titled Jezebel’s got the Blues…and other works of imagination (slated to be published in 2012). This work has been performed several times with an outstanding cast that includes performances by Chip Arnold, Bonnie Keen, Nan Gurley, Robert Kiefer, Jon Royal and features the blues guitar of Phil Madeira. She collaborated with Phil on his new project Mercyland, which features artists Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Shawn Mullins, The Civil Wars and others. She is also in the early stages of working with writer and actor Chip Arnold on a new musical. Along the way, Merrill has discovered the healing power of art in her own life and now integrates the arts into her work as a therapist. After earning a graduate degree in developmental psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2000, She has created Writing Circles to help others discover the healing power within their own authentic voices. Merrill has worked as a therapist in corporate, clinical and educational settings. She currently has a private practice on 21st Avenue near Hillsboro village, where she works with groups and individuals. For more information contact her at or visit -- Merrill Farnsworth, LPC, MHSP Convent Place (formerly St. Bernard's Convent) 2021 21st Avenue South, 430 Nashville, TN 37212
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