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 February 2016
Flattened to show what's not yet there;
Hazy impressions daubed onto a background
Of reflections from the garden surrounds,
Firing rods and cones with imagination,
That tells the occipital cortex to wake up
And stir memories stored in grey matter,
Dormant in the winter of increasing years,
Waiting for daffodils to trumpet
The arrival of a February spring.
But instead crocuses open under a winter sun
Floating above a January dawn.
While we are indoors, transfixed by nymphaea,
Revealing what was always there.
On seeing Monet's water lilies, Royal Academy of Arts, London