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 August 2014
Growing to its fullness day and night
To reveal a little more of itself,
Waxing eloquent with increased tension,
Waiting for the turn of the tides
Or the conception of new life
That should make all the difference
To the emptiness of the womb,
But sadness lingers as hopes wane,
Because we saw no moon,
Just warm summer raindrops
Trickling down the windowpanes
Shed with the tears of lunar heartache
Wiped away by the morning sunrise.
Image: Raindrops on a window in Radevormwald - Frank Vincentz