The Beautiful Rose of South Africa
A monument of grace
A stature of peace and beauty
A flower of radiance
A grain of knowledge and enrichment
A beauty and art; rare and awesome

The pick on your head
Was as a dove sent from the Golden Gates
Perched and rested
Ready to whisk you away to Home
There the lark sings,
Its melody reverberates
In the echoes sojourning through valves of our hearts
It’s a ceaseless mirthful melody
The lyrics esoteric and gentle as the streaming smile
of You, Ashley.

If beauty was a name-
Your being would be its owner
Much like the soil
After… a long and heavy rainfall
Our hearts and minds are left inundated
with your affectionate warmth and
Genuine marvel
Even after Your presence has evaded us awhile.
Spell out your tears oh, clouds above!
Shake your brimful troughs!
And nourish the path
She comes ready on your way up to Rest’s bosom.
A star of Gold was in our midst
Golden thanks we must give
A tapestry of the finest talent and character
An honour to have had grace our daily lives
Giving significance to the finite of
….. …Aspirations
And even
Our dreams!!!
A nectar so sweet
For dunes of deserts
Cringing thirst for Joy’s flow
To quench our hearts sadness
And the bleak blandness of life
Your heart, a heart that gave
And continues to give in daily-galores
In Memory, you live on!
A graceful mountain you stand sturdy
Sincerity and genuine artfulness
are the ridges
Of your character
Beautiful and awesome in stature
Like a horse set loose
Your spirit was wild and beautiful
Don’t you see how greatly loved you are in the land of Gold
Where you left our mark in the caves of hearts
Your name is imprinted day and night!
Time uncompressible
Your art un-ancient
Ngesintu unobusha
Siyabonga sisiwethu!
A millennium miracle
Divinity’s oracle of grace and optimism
Thank you for showing me
The face of an ultraviolet South Africa
Through time
Your legacy will breeze through the years
You will blaze past momentary flickers
Yes, our voices will say…’there was only …YOU’
But look through Time’s wrinkles,
Again we will say,
‘Look what a way she has paved for others!’
Your dreams and love for life have lit the way, Ashley!
Even I am richly blessed through you!
Your beingness will always be frozen
In all the space
For all to see and know
The wonder of you!!!
15 February 2008

Rest in peace and love and healing to the Callie family and close friends.
Thank you so much for all that Ashley and ‘Lee Haines’ meant to the South African fanship! ‘Lee in many ways encouraged me to believe in being a strong and moraled businesswoman, and hey to dream of being one, Oneday! I will always be thankful for that! She possessed strength and resilience that every woman is SA ought to have embedded deep within herself; unafraid to take life on for a ride and to contribute to the lives of those in our midst!
On the romantic side, Lee taught me that love can be complex especially when it comes to family concerns and interests, racial inhibitions and prejudices and inevitably social standing and status!

Thank you Lord Jesus for the light you shone in Ashley and the way that she added value to the lives of those around her. Thank you for the ways she impacted on our sense of self and life perspective.

In Your Son Jesus’ Name

God’s blessing and an awesome day!


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