Maureen refers to herself as an accidental poet when, in 2015, she wrote her first poem quite unintentionally. As more poems followed, she found that writing in verse proved to be both a powerful, self-defining experience and a true consolatory outlet for her thoughts and emotions. The inspiration for Maureen's poetry is drawn primarily from her personal perspective on life as experienced through her perceived connection to the universe and her love of the natural environment. Maureen lives with her husband on the north-west coast of Tasmania, an island state of mainland Australia, where they have happily called home for several years. Many of Maureen's poems are inspired by the natural beauty of this small, pristine island and her emotional connection to it. One such poem is the anthropomorphic love poem, Soul Mate. Also an avid tai chi practitioner, this profound, healing art has been Maureen's mainstay in life for many years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise through teaching within the local community.