Easter Morning

up at five to catch the sunrise

you packing breakfast supplies

me stumbling for coffee

we drive west on highway 100

turning the wrong way

down a one way road

like we always do

to find our favorite shelter

light shines through the mist at six

a freight train roars by at seven

shouting louder than creation

whoo whoo!  Jesus

already on the road to Emmaus

and us at least ten miles behind

wanting to catch up, we start walking then

you pull out a flask and we stop to break lent

the whiskey feels good burning my throat

just like the Easter sun feels good on my face

just like your eyes feel good looking into mine

then a deer with coffee cup ears appears

staring us down, so we stop, staring back

then somewhere along the road I take your hand

you stop to kiss me, we fall further behind

lucky for us Mercy’s shadow falls

wide and deep across our path

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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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