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Catherine Mair
New Zealand

Catherine Mair lives in Katikati ( the Mural Town) in the Western Bay of Plenty. She has been published widely in several genre but has a special affection for poetry in its different forms. She is a risk taker and enjoys experimenting. She is chairwoman of the Katikati Haiku Pathway Focus Committee.


               Somewhere where the wasps won't find it
               Somewhere where bees won't know the place
               Somewhere where no terrorist or insect bandit
               Somewhere where there'll be no sniff or trace
               A small heart-shaped tin of sugar syrup
               Mounted high upon a post between two flax
               Somewhere where in peace the tuis sup
               Somewhere where there'll be no clearing blade or axe

               Is this how a woman keeps her secrets
               How closely she guards the mysteries of her heart
               How when adding up the loose ends nothing fits
               And how she leaves no trace of cupid's dart
               Old age softens the closing of a dream
               And nothing is as blue as it might seem.