Welcome to 'The duPs' - The website of Paul and Margaret du Plessis.
They are Salvation Army officers
Margaret is a former Medical Social Worker, Paul a physician.
They have served in Zambia, the United Kingdom, India, and their homeland of South Africa. Now, in retirement, they live in Bromley, in southeast London.
Their children, Catherine and Andre, and the wider family mean a lot to them. Placing Paul’s poems and other information on a website has been a family request for some years. Grandson, David, took on the project and became the website architect.
Please enjoy reading Paul's poems which reflect something of their faith and experiences.
Margaret has researched the life of Louisa Mary Tucker, the first wife of pioneer Indian missionary, Frederick Tucker.
Please use the menu on the left and the search function in the top right to navigate through the site.
Here is Paul's most recent poem:
- Written July 2014
In self-giving disclosures,
Though never fully known
Before the image fades
Into lingering communion.
Longing for more
Of what was, or yet may be;
The irresistible attraction
Captivated by chemistry
As a golden rose opens.
Searching for the divine;
But finding you in flesh
Until even that disappears
To become ether and air,
But still with us.
Richard Rohr points out that our relationship with God is a reflection of our relationship with each other.