when it’s time to suffer, you should suffer

When it’s time to suffer, you should suffer;

when it’s time to cry, you should cry.

 Cry completely.

Cry until there are no more tears

and then recognize in your exhaustion

that you’re alive.


The sun still rises and sets.

The seasons come and go.

Absolutely nothing remains the same

and that includes suffering.

When the suffering ends

 wisdom begins to raise

 the right questions.


—Seido Ray Ronci, “The Examined Life”

water from a deeper well, painting by ademaro bardelli