Haiku for the Holidays

Poetic reflections of emotions experienced during the holiday season.

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

Celebrate the gains

Embrace the painful losses

Reconcile conflict


Seasons of unknown

Rear view mirror reveals past

Faith shapes road ahead


Love vanquishes fear

Peace displaces division

Hope squelches despair


Caregiver panic

Imminent role reversal

Support is vital


Reflection ascends

Authenticity prevails

Resiliency glows


Brokenness appears

A healing season awaits

Hearts flow with repair


Blessings overflow

Relationships seek mending

Laughter swells with joy


A harvest of grace

Wisdom invites diligence

Gifts for the ages


Families endure

Friendships dissolve and evolve

Faithfulness exudes


The warmth of children

Antidote for hopeless souls

The beacons of light


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.