Emily Perkins Harrison grew up in Wayne, Maine, and spent many of her childhood days exploring nature. She attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, graduating with a degree in Spanish, then spent years traveling across the country and to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic before taking up farming in South Carolina. Emily could often be found gardening, writing, painting, drawing, and photographing the world around her. She enjoyed participating in writing workshops, including a recent Orion course with Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams. Hannah says,“Emily’s gentle voice entered our conversations with a rare and limpid wisdom that stays with you. On the page, she could span epochs and melt glaciers in a single, sublime line.” This essay was what she was working on in class.