Genuphobia

Reflections through poetry after a moving visit...

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

Blue genu salivates with anticipation for the kill.
Dark vessels begging for mercy while lying still.


Tick-tock, tick-tock!


Blue genu consciously aware of lifeless prey.
Witnesses’ souls weep as they relive flashbacks of Freddie Gray.


Tick-tock, tick-tock!


Blue genu imposes historical privilege to the black slain.
Dysphoric chocolate seeks justice for fatigued hearts bloodied with pain.


Tick-tock, tick-tock!

Tick-tock, tick-tock!


Black longevity has a premature clock.


All photos courtesy of Frank A. Clark, MD.


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.