Ataraxia

Reflecting on the alarming rates of suicide among Black individuals.

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

Hmm. Hmm. Hmm.

The yoke of discrimination is

weighing us down weighing us down

The yoke of discrimination is

weighing us down weighing us down

Despair has become our guise as we walk

through the depressogenic wilderness

wailing O my Lord O my Lord.

The dark thoughts whisper to pill

bottle to take us home.


Black people don’t do that!


Hmm. Hmm. Hmm.

The relentless stigma bully

perturbs our souls perturbs our souls

The relentless stigma bully

perturbs our souls perturbs our souls.

A couch of lassitude summons us for a

season of isolation wailing O my Lord O my Lord.

The anxiogenic heart searches Google

for lethal injection to take us home.


Black people don’t do that!


Hmm. Hmm. Hmm.

The palpable pain of injustice screams

“We can’t breathe we can’t breathe”

The palpable pain of injustice screams

“We can’t breathe we can’t breathe”

A barren marginalized tree seeks

companionship and beckons the Black

disturbed psyche wailing O my Lord O my Lord

The oppressed neck utters one last

sigh of hopelessness as the rope tightens

to take us home.


Black people don’t do that!


Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmmmmmm.


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.