8:46 Shock and Reflections

Two traumatic events... the same timing.


I was reading an article about 9/11 and learned that the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 AM. My mind immediately shifted to the symbolism of this time regarding the modern-day lynching of George Floyd. These are 2 eerie moments in our history in which the time to breathe was obstructed by crushing blows to humanity.

May this poem inspire reflection and challenge us to inhale love.

8:46 Shock

Towers and a collum crushed

Past and present wounds

Dr Clark is associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville and medical director and division chief for Adult Inpatient and Consult-Liaison Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Prisma Health - Upstate. He served on the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry, and he currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion section editor and advisory board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.