Out of the blue my new sister-in-law Eshani sent me a poem and said she thought it would be good to include in the monthly e-magazine. I read it and liked it. When I sent it out to my mailing list I asked for feedback on what people found most interesting in the newsletter, and this poem was by far the thing they loved the most. I'm posting it here so that it's easy to find and easy to share...
MY SOUL HAS A HAT
by Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945)
Poet, novelist, essayist and musicologist.
One of the founders of Brazilian modernism.
I counted my years and realised that I have Less time to live by, Than I have lived so far.
I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first he ate them with pleasure But when he realised that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely.
I have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures and internal regulations are discussed, knowing that nothing will be done.
I no longer have the patience To stand absurd people who, despite their chronological age, have not grown up.
My time is too short: I want the essence, my spirit is in a hurry. I do not have much candy In the package anymore.
I want to live next to humans, very realistic people who know How to laugh at their mistakes, Who are not inflated by their own triumphs and who take responsibility for their actions. In this way, human dignity is defended and we live in truth and honesty.
It is the essentials that make life useful. I want to surround myself with people who know how to touch the hearts of those whom hard strokes of life have learned to grow with sweet touches of the soul.
Yes, I'm in a hurry. I'm in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give. I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts.
I am sure they will be exquisite, much more than those eaten so far. My goal is to reach the end satisfied and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.
We have two lives and the second begins when you realise you only have one.
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