Making Room

A psychiatrist shares his reflections on inclusivity... and making room for all.

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

The unifying couch

invites all narratives

tales of old and new

euphoria and dysphoria

reality and non-reality

survivor and non-survivor

dialoguing on breathable cotton


No thought process is derailed.

No appearance is shunned.

No judgment is permitted.

No eye contact is accepted.

No affect is welcomed.

No division is celebrated.

No perspective is mocked.

No language is prioritized.

No membership is required.


Humanity and humility coalesce

on heaven's colossal couch.

Hearts flutter and tears abound.

There is room for catharsis.

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.