Defenseless

Even with difficult topics, it is possible to have meaningful and respectful conversations.

COMMENTARY

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit in a room across from someone of a different background with the defenseless armor known as respect for humanity? No cameras or social media. Just two flawed humans with no hidden agendas.

I was inspired to write this poem after talking with my friend who I respect and love in light of our fiery debates. Diversity of experience and thought can make us stronger if we are willing to receive it.

Non Media Event

Two defenseless chairs occupied with curious but anxious gluteal muscles with diverse perspective

You and me!

Two defenseless chairs seasoned with no political brand seeking growth

You and me!

Two defenseless chairs accoutered with humility promoting genuine trust

You and me!

Two defenseless chairs engulfed with biases praying for unity

You and me!

Two defenseless chairs coalesced with agape love singing gratitude for a cathartic encounter

You and me!

Dr Clark is clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville and medical director & division chief for Adult Inpatient and Consult-Liaison Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Prisma Health-Upstate. He serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Section Editor and Advisory Board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.