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My Soul Has A Hat

Beautiful poem 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 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 and 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.





Image source: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/h/hats-an-anthology-by-stephen-jones/

If – Eğer …


Çevrende herkes şaşırsa bunu da senden bilse
sen aklı başında kalabilirsen eğer
herkes senden kuşku duyarken hem kuşkuya yer bırakır
hem kendine güvenebilirsen eğer
bekleyebilirsen usanmadan
yalanla karşılık vermezsen yalana
kendini evliya sanmadan
kin tutmayabilirsen kin tutana

düşlere kapılmadan düş kurabilir
yolunu saptırmadan düşünebilirsen eğer
ne kazandım diye sevinir, ne yıkıldım diye yerinir
ikisine de vermeyebilirsen değer
söylediğin gerçeği eğip büken düzenbaz
kandırabilir diye safları dert edinmezsen
ömür verdiğin işler bozulsa da yılmaz
koyulabilirsen işe yeniden

döküp ortaya varını yoğunu
bir yazı-turada yitirsen bile
yitirdiklerini dolamaksızın dile
baştan tutabilirsen yolunu
yüreğine sinirine dayan diyecek
direncinden başka şeyin kalmasa da
herkesin bırakıp gittiği noktada
sen dayanabilirsen tek

herkesle düşüp kalkar erdemli kalabilirsen
unutmayabilirsen halkı krallarla gezerken
dost da düşman da incitemezse seni
ne küçümser ne de büyültürsen çevreni
her saatin her dakkasına
emeğini katarsan hakçasına
her şeyiyle dünya önüne serilir
üstelik oğlum adam oldun demektir

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Çeviri: Bülent Ecevit


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

Rudyard Kipling

Aşağıda linkini verdiğim videoyu Facebook sayfasında paylaşıp; Haluk Kurtoğlu’nun sesinden dinleyerek, Bülent Ecevit’in harika çevirisiyle bu enfes şiiri yeniden hatırlamamı sağlayan değerli dost Meral Bensason ‘a teşekkür ederim.

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