A psychiatrist reflects on society's catatonic state.
American stupor and mutism
a prevalent condition for melancholic souls
Grimacing is now the status quo.
Repetitive wiping of tears
for human’s egotism
Muscles grieve rigid societal ideologies
Refusal to eat and drink
diversity of thought and perspective
Waxy flexibility is hyperbole
A benzo challenge for withdrawn
spirits searching for renewed connection
Humanity pines for resurrection
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.