Today Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was laid to rest in the rural village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, where he spent much of his childhood. Since he passed away on 5 December, the world has been united in paying tribute to this great soul. His life expressed the finest human qualities. We shall miss his physical presence, but give thanks that he has shown us how to live with grace and goodness.

As we mourn the passing of Madiba …

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You who loved this dear land
Will no more walk among us,
Now one with the earth,
Great son of the soil.

Here in the forest
I seek consolation.
Surrounded by stillness
I ask for a sign.

The rooi-els branch ends
In a soft butter-spoon
Prayerfully protecting
Developing buds.

A new season springs,
Soft, supple and vibrant,
Out of dark emerald leaves
Toughened by time.

May the tree of our nation
Grow through these same cycles
With each generation
Preparing the next.

And may we who would follow
In the steps of Mandela
Honour his memory
Sharing stories of hope.

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