Rock a Bye

I lived in a house of dreams

on the edge of a cliff

by the blue-green sea.

Rock a bye, Rock a bye

I opened the door, a tiger sprang forth.

I will eat you up, he said.

Alright, I said.

Rock a bye, Rock a bye

 Come, said the tiger,

his eyes flashing topaz

in the darkening light.

Follow me through the storm,

hold your head high,

growl at the wind,

walk on water.

 Rock a bye, Rock a bye

I danced in the burning flames

of the tiger’s terrible stripes,

swirling in holy rage.

Rock a bye, Rock a bye

So come, knock on my door

I will eat you up –

don’t even ask me not to.

I am wild beauty,

I am the edge of the cliff,

I am the blue-green sea.

Rock a bye, Rock a bye


merrill farnsworth  10/11

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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