A Psychiatrist's Reflections for Thanksgiving

Being thankful, reflective, and hopeful...

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

Gratitudethe endless

noun that pursues

fractures

hearts seeking

relationship repair

this season


Blessingthe cosmic

noun that searches

feeble knees

seeking durability

for the spiritual

journey


Recognitionthe forgotten

noun that bemoans

Indigenous oppression

seeking resurgence

of cultural

identity


Respectthe invisible

noun that desires

stagnant opaque

minds seeking

intellectual

growth


Appreciationthe enduring

noun that replenishes

collapsed lungs

seeking to breath

molecules of integrated

love

Dr Clark is an outpatient psychiatrist at Prisma Health-Upstate and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. 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.