Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Bonjour Monsieur, Comment-allez vous
Yet he is British, and he will not reply, while he does understand,
Even adore the language.
J'adore parler francais.
He looks at me with a vague disdain.
Goiedag ek het gese.
I said it to a Zulu man,
And likewise the Afrikaner refused,
My kindly worded:
How are you!
Broken in death at Babylon,
Language holds us apart,
Held us together!
How can we another comprehend,
When everything his blood is,
We softly can well despise!
Death beseech me,
She told me not to fear!
She said language,
Is one of many ways to speak,
Not all require the use of human ears!
She swooped down on her blessed black wings,
As though softly calling me home!
The way we live here matters,
And it is our duty to live for Life!
She looked at me and spoke to me,
Of how language isn't life!
Of how we may not understand another-
Yet we can all understand the love of husband and wife!
C'est la vie- we are different, and that is life-
Yet some are chasms,
Which of us is swimming, to lay a bridge to life!
Sometimes it is better not to understand,
But rather to despise-
Not our fellow but his galloping horse,
... which heads the dark not the light!
Who is Marc Evan Aupiais?Attorney; Writer; Enthusiast of Germanic, Celtic, & Romance languages, with a love of exploring law, speech, legal systems, linguistics, sociology, & int. news.
I have always been fascinated with the law. By chance, it happens to be my field. I am an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, as of 28 January 2016.
It was my fellow students' suggestions, in the final years of school, that I might be suited to a career in law, along with long discussions with a friend of mine - which imbued me with a keen interest in the history, language, and laws of the Roman Empire - that made me realise that law was the choice of career that best suited the ideas and plans I had for the future. I enrolled in an LLB degree at Wits University and subsequently graduated Bachelor of Laws a few years later.
I completed, with distinction, the Law Society's Legal Education and Development (L.E.A.D) School for Legal Practice program. I am pleased to have had the privilege of having served at two very different firms during my articles, giving me a much broader experience of work in the profession.
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.
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.
The cultures and legal systems, morals, and courtesy systems, languages, intricacies and religions of South Africa and of the world, are subjects I love to research. I extensively enjoy reading and writing, and in keeping abreast with important events occurring in other countries, I find my knowledge of other languages, especially French, to be quite useful.
Law & Career
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. I currently work as a Consulting Attorney for Serina Govender Inc. Attorneys-at-Law. My professional website will tell you more about me, where you might want to subscribe to my professional blog . I also edit and write for the SACNS, write 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.
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Podcasting and YouTube