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 April 2014
Pulverised into sand
That holds the cross in place;
Where the creator is crucified,
His blood soaking the soil,
Drained of his own life
As he gives it back to the world.
Laid in a tomb
Hewn from rock
On which the church might be built,
Stale with age, mouldy and dank,
But anointed and laid to rest,
As though placed in the oven
Ready for desiccation.
But DNA revives
In the Big Bang of new creation
With amino acids rejuvenated
As the dead man rises from clay,
With a fresh start on offer,
But it lays untouched in the tomb
Shrouded by the dormancy of disbelief.