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 October 2014
Created nothing out of something,
But arranged in a child's world of make-believe
To become something out of nothing.
The tin soldiers march out of their cardboard box
Into a war that might make a no-one into someone,
But lead-shot shrapnel peppers the brain
Making another someone into an unknown no-one.
Or up the Faraway Tree into the Land of Play
Where once again nothing becomes something,
And we float along, daydreaming to ourselves
Then breaking something like precious toys into nothing,
Until the fantasies of an adult world
Make the ideal no-one into the longed-for someone.
Our elusive idol, dreamt of in secret, fades
And another someone becomes another no-one,
Leaving us with the lonesome feeling
That no-one understands our search for someone,
Until we open the book set in Judea and Galilee
To discover the perfect someone who helps us find no-one -