Who drew the borders of my world?

Who decided the territories of love and hate within my heart?

Who built the walls in my mind to keep out dangerous ideas?

Who engineered the dams to control the flood of my emotions?

Who decided the latitude and longitude of my soul?

Who set the limits  on the heights to which my spirit can soar?

Was it you?

Is it me?

Today I will travel beyond the borders so carefully set for me

I will draw my own map of the world

Today I will  love what I love and hate what I hate

I will question what once seemed unquestionable

I will think forbidden thoughts

Tonight I will light the fires of passion

Dive deep into melancholy’s pool and get drunk on joy

At dawn I will fly so high my wings are singed by sunlight

Then tumbling from the sky like a shooting star

I will fall into the arms of grace

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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1 Response to Borders

  1. Who drew the borders of my world? Who decided the territories of love and hate within my heart?
    Who built the walls in my mind to keep out dangerous ideas?

    Love those lines Merill – wonderful!

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