Thursday, March 11, 2010
I cry because I love you
Our government here sees us as a problem!
We're scapegoated for apartheid,
We're scapegoated for the sins of the west!
Daily I live in fear,
All to aware of the laws unfair!
All to aware of the hate,
Of the fear!
As our government speaks of us,
A problem quite declared!
Daily I am convinced to live on,
What else can one do,
Where else can one go?
My speech though vague,
Is not like where you live!
And I wonder at you-
We are different and so!
What I see as bad,
You may see only sad,
Or my view as mad!
I worry for you,
All snug and safe!
As again I check the gate,
And the doors,
And burglar bars!
I wonder when the day will come,
When I am no more!
Even my people here,
We may one day be no more!
For where your people cared for our persecutors,
Where you saved them from some of our own!
Yet, now comes revenge,
We are left all alone!
I do not like your country,
Even your lips move all different,
As you somehow still speak!
How can I endorse its value system,
Such a double edged sword?
And yet I work myself silly,
I am not welcome in my own country!
I work hard because poverty is death,
For those of European decent!
And yet I look at you,
Safe and tucked into bed!
With a government you don't much fear,
And no one screaming for your people to be dead!
And I wonder, do you much care?
Of those spoils of what your country did?
Yet will not do again it seems,
To save us who you risk to death?
Who is Marc Evan Aupiais?
A deep interest in the law of South Africa, especially our constitutional and common law, guided my studies and continues to influence my current career path. I enjoy engaging in the day to day work of being an attorney, and reading the material contained in our case law.
I have gained and enjoyed much exposure to the law and to the day to day details of practice, and to extensive litigation work, during my years of practise since my admission to the profession and enrolment as an attorney of the High Court, as well as during my articles of clerkship and, prior to that, when I worked as a student counsellor/paralegal at the Wits Law Clinic – in the final year of law school and during my studies at the School for Legal Practice.
I am passionate about the place of my birth, South Africa, and am proud to be a patriot and citizen of this diverse and beautiful nation. I consider myself a global citizen and keep connections in a number of different nations across the world. Communicating with people from other cultures, I believe, has aided me to have a more open-minded approach in so far as how I see, and interact with, the world.
I believe success requires not just hard work but intelligence, perseverance, humility, integrity, ingenuity, diligence, a strong work ethic, and the courage to request the assistance of those better-versed in a matter, or field, where necessary.
The cultures and legal systems, morals and courtesy systems, languages, intricacies and religions of South Africa and of the nations of the world, are subjects I love to research. I enjoy reading and writing. To keep abreast with important events occurring in other countries, I find my knowledge of other languages, especially French, to be highly useful. I passed Afrikaans at a matric level. I took Zulu from grades 5 to 7. The language I am best acquainted with, is my first language of English, which I speak in everyday life.
I enjoy public speaking and debate, and believe that manners, appropriate dress for an occasion and courtesy are of very great importance. I enjoy hard work and like to throw myself entirely into solving a problem.
Law & Career
I currently work under my own name and style as an attorney and sole proprietor, at Marc Evan Aupiais Attorney.
Law firms I have worked at include: DL Wilson Attorneys in Randburg North, Desmond Barry Attorneys in Morningside, Sandton, Botha & Sutherland Attorneys in Aukland Park, Johannesburg, and Serina Govender Inc. Attorneys. I also edit and write for the SACNS, have written breaking news for a multinational service called InfosNews Breaking News, and act as a correspondent for the popular french language Les News service.
Novels I have written include
A Lesser Instinct | My first foray into the world of long form fiction.
Read it without payment - on Scribd.
I have a YouTube account, where I sometimes post videos.