Zinaida Serebriakova. Harvest. 1915.



I will call the pilgrims

of my longing home

I will not want

I will not regret

I will not strive

Today is enough

I will not dream of tomorrow

or remember yesterday

I will not wonder

Or worry

Or resolve

I will be the hearth of my home

The keeper of my contentment

My soul will not dig deeper

My spirit will not fly

My heart will not wander

Dusty rooms will not be cleaned

My ship will not sail or seek safe harbor

If the storm rages I will  give myself to the wind

If the seed has taken root I will bloom

If the day is done I will let go

Today the vagabond stands still

Content to gaze at the stars

Until dawn when

The pilgrims of my longing

Darken the door

Seeking distant shores

and unsung melodies


merrill farnsworth 2009


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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