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
With arrival of the divine;
Love transforms humanity
With breath of the divine;
Love completes humanity
With death of the divine.
But when humanity fades,
Stripped of the non-essentials,
Love lingers on, expectant
In the dust of middle space,
Half dead, crumbling clay,
Awaiting fresh creation
And rebirth of Bethlehem's child,
To bathe heaven and earth in love.