I Listened

I Listened

I listened to my mind and my mind said…
Curiosity killed the cat but a cat has nine lives so live curiously
when Jesus comes for dinner, politely ask him to turn the water into wine and
don’t forget that Sister Moon controls the tides even when you can’t see her light
and that death is the beginning and not the end

I listened to my heart and my heart whispered…
joy conjures tears and pain hides in laughter so feel
pure delight in nature’s shapes and creation’s colors
let go of the ancient pain you oddly treasure
fly free from this body and touch the sky

I listened to my soul and my soul intoned…
a melody of darkness reaching under the overflowing garden
uncovering tangled roots, worms and ancient wisdom that fears no demon
into this dischord and harmony I am born again in a river of
cobalt, blood-red, vermillion, umber, starlight and melted chocolate

I listened to my spirit and my spirit sang…
a song lifting me beyond dreams on softly feathered wings
while I danced with you on rapids swiftly flowing and peaks of fire
wandering the world like a gypsy with no tethers of remorse
waking up to the sound of sea waves and sunlight through the trees

I listened…

Merrill Farnsworth
February 2011

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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 merrill.lpc@gmail.com or visit www.writingcircle.org -- Merrill Farnsworth, LPC, MHSP Convent Place (formerly St. Bernard's Convent) 2021 21st Avenue South, 430 Nashville, TN 37212
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