Author Archives: Merrill Farnsworth

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

New Hallelujah

Damn. Chicken Little was right. The sky fell and all the stars too. Good. It’s over. Nestle down. Close your eyes and find the North Star shining just below your skin; a pulsing diamond tattooed on every cell sparking with … Continue reading

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Easter Musing

Christ Born of a woman Christ Woman at the well Christ Woman caught in adultery, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Christ Woman anointing him with priceless oils – let her be lavish Christ Woman weeping … Continue reading

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Winter

Winter is the dying time, take a lesson from the earth and let go. Don’t let masks of dreams gone by haunt the promise of spring. If disappointment has taken root let it die. If a cup of cold misery … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Textures and Hues

Textures and Hues                                                   I did not choose the texture or the hues or build the … Continue reading

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storm season

  Hot meets cold twisting the sky inside out driving toward Memphis our minds on the past it’s midnight in mid afternoon. Fields on fire with lighting strikes, hail clattering on the windshield, any minute the rain will come pouring … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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