Seasonal Escalator

Reflections on the ups and downs during of life...

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

The moving

staircase

familiar nouns

hope and despair

share a wistful glance

alternating footsteps

drenched in

seasonal paradox


The moving

staircase

intimate partners

hearts ascend

and descend

life and death

an inevitable clash

on heaven’s

conveyor’s

belt


The moving

staircase

proponent and

opponent

an insidious

boxing match

wins and losses

for a grieving

but pulsatile

America


The moving

staircase

lungs inflate

and deflate

a pandemic

of irrefutable

truth

unity expands

as division

condenses


The moving staircase

wisdom meets

imprudence

an imperfect self

a parallel reflection

for life’s

eternal ramp


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.