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 September 2014
Not just dusty feet with basin and towel
But up and down the body, here and there,
Every nook and cranny, cleft, appendage,
Unblocking sweat glands, rubbing off sebum,
Human pheromones with pungent odours,
Flaked skin that might have become dust,
Leftovers of epidermal regeneration
Removed sacramentally with a dash of soap,
Cleansed, refreshed, for a day that begins with hope.
Gone in gentleness, curling down the drain,
Mingling with the effluent of a thousand neighbours
Who unthinkingly pull the plug and chain,
While here reverently discarded, as though holy water.