Decisions

A psychiatrist reflects on decisions...

POETIC REFLECTIONS

We are imperfect
Beings of logic
And heart

But logic does not
Always align with
Matters of the
Heart

Decisions are timely
Some are short-lived
Accompanied with tears
Of joy

Some are permanent
Accompanied with visceral
Sorrow and pain

Perhaps permanence of logic
Is what we seek
On the journey
Of heartbreak

But logic does not
Always align with
Matters of the
Heart

Maybe the decision
To just be
Is sufficient

Perhaps authenticity
Is not dead
And succors the
Ambivalent mind towards
Growth

But logic does not
Always align with
Matters of the
Heart

Maybe the decision
We make today
Is enough

No self-judgment
And no self-blame

Logic and heart
Can coexist on
The stage of life

But logic does not
Always align with
Matters of the
Heart

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.