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 November 2014
Wanting to be with you. Not just flesh and blood,
Shapes and curves, breasts and thighs that are yours,
But the squeeze of arms and the embrace of hugging
Feeling the vibrancy of human touch,
Contiguous bodies electrifying each other
With the nakedness of skin that is yours and mine,
But also the sparkle of eyes focused on me,
The gentlest of smiles, that enigmatic wink,
The giggle, the laugh, knowing what's good for us,
The quickest of wit, the gentle disagreement,
The words of caution and those of praise.
They're gone, and all that's left is that deep longing -
Mine, and maybe yours, generating hope.