Flight 2022

Psychiatric reflections as we approach the new year...

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

Stench of pandemic misery

permeates ticket counters.

Isolation yearns for

physical touch.

Checked baggage

weighed down with

inexorable grief.


Security checkpoint

a labyrinth welcoming

2021 reflections.

Transparent masks

flooded with

waterworks.

Mourning is

colorblind.


The boarding herd

clamoring for

first class

respite.

Ravenous appetite

salivating for

normalcy infused

peanuts.

Covid hangover

a distant memory.


Perspicacious minds

soaring to

new altitudes

Renewed hope

a new frontier

an anticipated

destination


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.