Mário Raul de Morais Andrade (1893-1945) was a Brazilian poet, novelist, musicologist, art historian, critic and photographer. He was one of the founders of Brazilian modernism and a pioneer in the field of ethnomusicology.
The rain has been with us for several days and I was thinking back to the summer walks in North Vancouver’s Park & Tilford Gardens. This is the place where I first recited Mário de Andrade’s “The Valuable Time of Maturity” to the flowers and birds – even a squirrel.
As we look forward to a New Year, I will embrace these words, “to live with intensity….and in peace.”
Come join me in the garden to recite Mário de Andrade’s poem, “The Valuable Time of Maturity.
The Valuable Time of Maturity
I counted my years and discovered that I have
less time to live going forward than I have lived until now.
I have more past than future.
I feel like the boy who received a bowl of candies.
The first ones, he ate ungracious,
but when he realized there were only a few left,
he began to taste them deeply.
I do not have time to deal with mediocrity.
I do not want to be in meetings where parade inflamed egos.
I am bothered by the envious, who seek to discredit
the most able, to usurp their places,
coveting their seats, talent, achievements and luck.
I do not have time for endless conversations,
useless to discuss about the lives of others
who are not part of mine.
I do not have time to manage sensitivities of people
who despite their chronological age, are immature.
I cannot stand the result that generates
from those struggling for power.
People do not discuss content, only the labels.
My time has become scarce to discuss labels,
I want the essence, my soul is in a hurry…
Not many candies in the bowl…
I want to live close to human people,
very human, who laugh of their own stumbles,
and away from those turned smug and overconfident
with their triumphs,
away from those filled with self-importance,
Who does not run away from their responsibilities ..
Who defends human dignity.
And who only want to walk on the side of truth
The essential is what makes
I want to surround myself with people,
who knows how to touch the hearts of people ….
People to whom the hard knocks of life,
taught them to grow with softness in their soul.
Yes …. I am in a hurry … to live with intensity,
that only maturity can bring.
I intend not to waste any part of the goodies
I have left …
I’m sure they will be more exquisite,
that most of which so far I’ve eaten.
My goal is to arrive to the end satisfied and in peace
with my loved ones and my conscience.
I hope that your goal is the same,
because either way you will get there too .. ”
Mário de Andrade