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 or visit -- Merrill Farnsworth, LPC, MHSP Convent Place (formerly St. Bernard's Convent) 2021 21st Avenue South, 430 Nashville, TN 37212


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 … Continue reading

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The Sparrow…a lenten reflection

Yesterday the world glittered in shades of purple and gold – a whirl of masks, music and brightly feathered crowns. Everything I wanted was within grasp, yet I wanted more. Today life is gray and I wear ashes on my … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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  Today I will call the pilgrims of my longing home I will not want I will not regret I will not strive Today is enough I will not dream of tomorrow or remember yesterday I will not wonder Or … Continue reading

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Snip Snip

  Snip Snip There it goes On the floor Oh well Can’t sew it back on Can’t glue it back on Won’t ever be the same You were used to having what you wanted When you wanted it Where you … Continue reading

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The Mark

Every beginning finds an end… …every ending finds a new beginning. This story begins outside Eden’s gates with the birth of a son… … then another, two brothers, Cain and Abel… …one brother ending the life of the other in … Continue reading

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Jezebel’s Got The Blues

Jezebel’s got the blues and I am red, red ochre mined from the earth and dried in the sun, the color of passion, fire and blood, the color on Jezebel’s cheeks. They call her  “whore”, and  “harlot” but I call … Continue reading

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