This is the place where souls come
To be mended where
Tatty ends of unfinished business
Or business unravelled
Are drawn together and tenderly
Seen only by the weaver
Whose loving fingers
Repair the frangible fabric of lives.
– Annie Villiers, ‘Mended’, in Parallel Lines: Riding the Central Otago Rail Trail (ed. Annie Villiers and John Z. Robinson; Dunedin: Longacre Press, 2007).