Mário de Andrade

(1893 - 1945 / São Paulo, Brazil)

The Valuable Time of Maturity - Poem by Mário de Andrade

" 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 .. "


Comments about The Valuable Time of Maturity by Mário de Andrade

  • (2/4/2019 10:43:00 PM)

    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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  • Des Monia (9/7/2018 2:07:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem indeed, yet a bit sour as it implies that maturity comes with age and serenity is incompatible with youth. A lifestyle choice or wisdom should not depend on the realization that there is more past than future. A beautiful poem nonetheless. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/12/2018 12:25:00 PM)

    A realization of the invaluable nature of time and positive relationships. Timeless! (Report)Reply

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  • (7/24/2018 4:13:00 AM)

    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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  • (7/15/2018 3:50:00 AM)

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

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  • (7/12/2018 10:00:00 AM)

    Very touching and sublime truth of life. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/12/2018 4:49:00 AM)

    12 July 2018 - what deep, inspiring words that are timeless. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/12/2018 12:59:00 AM)

    Simply. Superb (Report)Reply

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  • (7/11/2018 1:29:00 AM)

    Wonderful, positive food for thought to make the most of every second! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (7/10/2018 11:44:00 PM)

    OUTSTANDG! So glad it was translated into English. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/16/2018 8:16:00 PM)

    Stupenda. All should listen to the words of this poet. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 27, 2016



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