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 2017
Alongside the despised and rejected,
Facing the ignominy of crucifixion,
With love perfected if ever it could be,
Yet sharing with a solidarity of her own.
But today she herself is nailed up,
Pinned down by a seat-belt in a wheelchair,
Maybe hoping for a little of the leftovers
That might enhance her own dignity.
But the cross stands empty, deserted,
A forlorn icon; a few stale bread crumbs
With drops of wine, once body and blood.
But her self-worth grows when she senses the love
Of those welcoming her as the one crucified.
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