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Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus
with love's might.
The nature of
I just want my feelings to be valued.
I want to be able to always have a smile on my face, even
when the situation is not very cheerful…
And that my smile could convey peace to those who would
be around me.
I don’t want to fight with the world, but if this should happen
one day, I want to have sufficient strength to show the
world that love exists…
That we are superior to hatred and rancor, that there’s no
victory without humility and peace.
I want to believe that even if I should fail today, tomorrow
will be another day, and if I don’t give up on my dreams and
goals, maybe I would be successful and completely happy.
I want to have the freedom to say what I feel to a person,
to be able to tell someone how much he is special and
important to me, without having to worry about others...
without running the risk of hurting one or more people with
I want, one day, to be able to tell others that nothing was in
That love exists, that it’s worthwhile to share friendships
with people, that life is indeed beautiful, and that I always
gave the best of me…and that it was worth it.
I think my quality [as a poet], first of all, is to be absolutely
sincere. I have never written a comma that was not
confessional… If you do not feel anything, you should not
write. I have had desert periods. Nothing comes and I don’t
write. I say, "Geez, the pond dried up and left only the
alligator." But then, suddenly, comes that thing, that
lightning, that flap, the saint comes down…
Poetry doesn’t cease being a form of talking to oneself…
Poetry is not something from another world. A poet is good
when a reader says, "this is exactly how I feel."
MARIO QUINTANA during an interview with Cristina Serra and Patrícia
Bins in 1984. Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus.
RIO GRANDE DO SUL
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PORTO ALEGRE is the
capital of the State of
RIO GRANDE DO SUL
in southern Brazil.
With a population of
over 1.5 million, it is
the tenth largest city
in Brazil. The vast
majority of the
people are of
German, Italian and
Só quero que meu sentimento seja valorizado.
Quero sempre poder ter um sorriso estampando em meu
rosto, mesmo quando a situação não for muito alegre...
E que esse meu sorriso consiga transmitir paz para os que
estiverem ao meu redor.
Não quero brigar com o mundo, mas se um dia isso
acontecer, quero ter forças suficientes para mostrar a ele
que o amor existe...
Que ele é superior ao ódio e ao rancor, e que não existe
vitória sem humildade e paz.
Quero poder acreditar que mesmo se hoje eu fracassar,
amanhã será outro dia, e se eu não desistir dos meus
sonhos e propósitos, talvez obterei êxito e serei plenamente
Quero poder ter a liberdade de dizer o que sinto a uma
pessoa, de poder dizer a alguém o quanto ele é especial e
importante pra mim, sem ter de me preocupar com
terceiros... Sem correr o risco de ferir uma ou mais pessoas
com esse sentimento.
Quero, um dia, poder dizer às pessoas que nada foi em vão...
Que o amor existe, que vale a pena se doar às amizades a
às pessoas, que a vida é bela sim, e que eu sempre dei o
melhor de mim... e que valeu a pena.
Mario Quintana is a
Brazilian poet, journalist
and translator born in
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande
do Sul. He released his
first book of poetry in
He became known as
the poet of simple things.
The main themes of his
poetry include death,
lost childhood and time.
Throughout his lifetime,
he received several
prestigious awards for
In his home state of Rio
Grande do Sul, he
received the title of
Honorary Citizen and
was decorated as an
outstanding person with
the medal Neguinho do
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