I read this beautiful poem called My soul has a hat and I wanted to share it with you!
My soul has a hat
I counted my years
and realized 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 realized 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 realize you only have one.
My soul has a hat is written by Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) Poet, novelist, essayist, and musicologist. He was
one of the founders of Brazilian modernism.
Isn’t this a lovely affirmation?
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