The Valuable Time of Maturity Poem by Mário de Andrade

The Valuable Time of Maturity

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" 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
and honesty.
The essential is what makes
life worthwhile.

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 .. "

Karen Woodcock 11 July 2018

Wonderful, positive food for thought to make the most of every second! !

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Nechi 24 July 2018

This poem addresses me. The Truth about my life I have eaten a lot of my candies and have only a few left. I need to begin to taste them deeply because i do not have much time left. Thank you.

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SANJAY SHAH 15 July 2018

The journey which we all go through, but only chosen ones can understand live through it.

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Akella sarma 12 July 2018

Very touching and sublime truth of life.

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Alfonso Maraschin 13 August 2023

am the richer for having this poem shown to me

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A E 24 December 2022

It is an incomplete translation.

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Mary Ann 10 December 2021

I loved the poem in Spanish. Heartfelt and true. So much lost in the translation. Even the title. translation

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Lissa 15 November 2020

Sam Vaknin recited this poem and it resonates so well with my Soul

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Matt 20 April 2021

I found it through Sam too... He's a true gift, as is this poem!

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Anastasia Tzovani 04 February 2019

i got goosebumps! It touched me deeply! Especially because I got it send by my son who turned to be 45!

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Mário de Andrade

Mário de Andrade

São Paulo, Brazil
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