• The Organic Poet

From Root to Canopy @DHarrisEdS

They stand together like a forest full of trees. Some are planted solidly. Others are dangerously close to being uprooted should the right wind come from the right direction at just the right time. Though tall or wide or strong they may seem, they are still saplings within– vulnerable, yet determined– reliant upon the ecosystem surrounding them to survive.

All of them, every one, reach for the sky. Some stretch high, fingertips brushing the clouds, while others try, but their limbs break or droop, exhausted from their never ending quest to reach the sun. Some have never felt the cool, refreshing mist of the air up there, where the others have already risen.

Their caregivers, we promise to never cut them down, or carve them up, or try to prune them into perfection. Instead, we will forever shine a light on their curious imaginations, and water their delicate spirits with words of encouragement. We will ground them in the rich earth of our content, and show them how to overtake the sky. We will grow them into that they were destined to be: the strong, stubborn Oak, the thirsty, carefree Willow, the deep-rooted Ash, the soft, peaceful Pine.

Regardless of their species, their stature, their foliage, their height, they all share the same need: the vibrant rays of gleaming sun. The Honest Quench of Crystal Clear Waters. The Rich Nourishment of Succulent, Dark Soil. The Enduring Love of a Dedicated Caretaker– one who will forever promise to guide them and nurture them, feed them and love every part of them, from their deepest root to the farthest reach of their canopy.

Name: Dawn Harris

Place of residence: Springboro, OH

Your favourite quote:

Your one wish for the world:

I wish that those less empathetic could spend some time in the shoes of someone fighting through a struggle.

Where can we find out more about you (Website link):

Twitter: @DHarrisEdS

Web: www.root2canopy.com

A small bio about you:

Dawn Harris is a secondary English Language Arts teacher in SW Ohio and an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Wright State University. She enjoys reading, researching, and learning about all things related to education. Dawn is passionate about helping students to find joy in growing themselves as learners and seeks to engage with other educators excited about doing the same. Dawn's hobbies include drawing, reading, and martial arts. She holds black belts in both Judo and Tae Kwon Do. Dawn most enjoys spending her downtime watching movies with and having discussions with her family.

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