Yearning

There have been so many hurdles, but the "runner" keeps his eye on a positive finish line...

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

Modern-day

lynchings

liquefy on

heaven’s track

Good trouble

a welcomed slogan

a runner’s high

infused with

dopamine

justice


False start

blocks of bondage

disqualify and

detach limbs

of equity

intergenerational

trauma

seeking repair


Restorative Gatorade

novel hydration

an amicable antidote

for

running

birdwatching

driving

sleeping

studying

praying

while

Black


Judicious batons

searching for

equitable

hands

centuries of

relays halted

by systemic

racism


The starting

pistol

a harmonious

sound

for runners’

soles uniting

in love


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.