No Life Without Suffering

You haven’t lived
If you haven’t suffered
There is no life without pain
No way to escape the emotional earthquakes
Life’s thunder and lightning
The floods, emotion overflowing inside us
Capsizing our life’s ship

Hard as we try
Science in our hands
Religion in our hearts
There is no life without pain
Nothing to work for
Die for
Eventually, replace with our love

You haven’t lived
If you haven’t suffered
Celebrate the dawn
Sweeping the nightmares away
Forcing us to walk the medicine wheel
Bringing us back
To where we all began

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: http://www.donaldiannone.com Wisdom Work Press: https://wisdomworkpress.wordpress.com

7 thoughts on “No Life Without Suffering

  1. One mistake leads to another: I’ll leave this one here!:) I was thinking about this yesterday, in twilight, while sipping a Sicilian Orange tea in a sidewalk café and watching crows gathering above the town… A truly friendly way of doing time on this planet Earth!:) Good. Saadi, the classical Persian poet and mystic says: ‘Fettered feet I the presence of friends is better than living in a garden with strangers.’

  2. Andrew: Rec’d both of your posts–thank you!

    Borut: Thanks. Beautiful words and thanks for sharing the wisdom and your experience.

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