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 June 2015
Breaking up soil of the desert places
Hoping it would yield a hundred-fold;
Chasing away foxes that dig their holes,
Enjoying two sparrows sold for a farthing,
Waiting for rain of the unjust and just,
Careful with weeds that some call tares,
Gently pruning worn out vines,
Tenderly tending the youngest rose.
Until every corner explodes with spring,
Welcoming those who come on a quest,
Seeking the divine in a lifeless rock,
But finding him present among Easter lilies,
Until he disappears - leaving us to it.