A psychiatrist reflects on yesterday's tragedy in Texas.

gun violence enough psychiatric reflections



Thoughts and prayers

A desensitized refrain playing

on America’s blood tinged

broken record player.

Massacre is the new tune

creating otosclerosis.

Generations of humanity

shattered by chronic

political greed.

Life seems trivial and


An unrelenting nightmare

for red white and blue inhabitants.

Hemorrhaging hearts in

schools, churches, and grocery stores

lament with exasperation.

A solemn plea from pale vessels

for reflective reform

Morality crippled by

divisive rhetoric and

sedentary actions

Congressional sloths,

enough is enough!

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.

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