Paul's Poems

altHere are some of the poems that Paul du Plessis has written. 

Paul’s poems began in the early 1960s, the first written after a Salvation Army meeting in which the preacher tried to explain the Trinity. It reflects a young man’s quest for understanding spiritual truth, a theme which has persisted over the years as the poetry has evolved.


Many, like A Dedication Prayer have been written for family events; others, like Death of the Living Dead from within a work experience; some, like The Organist, are virtually a holiday diary. Throughout there is a love for things beautiful and things sacred.


Most are pensive and serious in style, but occasionally the light-hearted, even playful side of him comes out such as in Discontent.


The poetry is most of all a record of a spiritual pilgrimage and the quest for meaning. Some might even describe it as mystical. From as early as 1969, with Communion, a growing awareness of the presence of the living Christ pervades.

(You can see footnotes for a poem by moving your mouse over the links in the text. If this does not work then please click the link - you will be taken to the base of the page. You can then click the number at the base of the page to move back up to where you were)

Please choose from the lists below or use the Search Function (top right) to find Poems.

‘People are exasperated by poetry which they do not understand
and contemptuous of poetry which they understand without effort.’

T S Eliot
Salvation Army
Medical, Leprosy and Palliative Care
South Africa
North America
United Kingdom
India and Asia
Zambia and Africa
Switzerland and Europe
Advent and Christmas