Paul du Plessis

Rookie (3 July 1941 / Paarl, South Africa)

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Paul du Plessis is a retired physician who has spent most of his professional life working with The Salvation Army, in South Africa, Zambia, India and the United Kingdom.
Much of his poetry, published on has been influenced by his religious and spiritual journey. He lives in Bromley, Kent, with his wife, Margaret. more »

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Work Horse

Clip, clop,
With clods of earth rising
Behind the plough
Kicking over the traces
Dashing the foot against a stone
Scuffing shoes, doing up laces.

Clip, clop, clip, clop
With rags and bones
Piling into the cart
With every sinew hurled
Into the waiting harness
Blinkered from a warring world.

Clip, clop, clippety clop
Horseshoes tap-dancing on tar
Canons dragged to the front
Of cordite’s leading edge
Approaching Flanders’ fields
Beyond an Aintree hedge.

Clip, clop, clip, clop
Searching for the wounded
Above crowded ...

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