The Remaining Difficulty by Cesar Nascimento

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The poems in this book deal with some of the everlasting questions that we all have to face, and they may seem bleak and gloomy to some readers. What are we doing here? What purpose can we find for our lives? Is there any higher meaning that we can understand or is it just the here and now? Don't expect answers. It is a poetry book filled with skepticism, humor, and hope. Read it thinking about Baudelaire, and forget about Mary Oliver.
I'm growing oldMy hair grows thinAnd the spots on my skinReveal me the truthI'm losing holdOf my joyless springAnd I reach outFor any kind of proofOf still being youngAs I gather my lastBreath to singSo when I ask youDo I look good?Please, do but replyYou sure look greatFor such a small mistakeWill not demean your standAnd so I beg you, pleasePlease comprehendThat I am that I should beAnd - if you'd be my friend -I beg you, please,Please, lie to me 
Late at night everything is easyAnd life runs smoothly as a boatSailing lightly on a calm bayProblems vanished, your mind okYou drift afloat the turns of iceAnd whiskey, the crackers you biteBut still there is the empty spotYou need to find on the ashtray
CONTENTS:My VanityNothing New Under The SunFortune-TellingMy Last ForecastOur Wrecked SpeciesBorn Under A Wicked StarI Dream Of RatsLife CycleYou Might As Well DieYour AfterlifeThe Simple Things In LifePlease, Lie To MeLotsA Little PlantBlossomMidlife CrisisIf God Were MercifulLeaving Death RowA Face And A NameThe Meaning Of LifeWalking ShadowContra GalilaeosThe Winter TaleA Day In The SunThe Endless SummerThe TropicsThe Remaining Difficulty

About Cesar Nascimento

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Cesar Nascimento was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1972, and has lived in different countries as a career diplomat. His passion for literature comes from an early age, and his mother claims it comes from her. Who knows? He published his first collection of poems, The Remaining Difficulty, in 2012. He lives in Brussels.
Published August 20, 2012 by Convicted Press. 40 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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