Poinsettia explores the modern healer's struggle through ethical metamorphosis, in an age where euthanasia and palliative care takes centre stage. To treat, to heal, to prolong life; a hymn that has echoed through our halls has become a vice we must challenge, and the soul so deeply perfuse with impetus is in turmoil. The poem explores a contemporary medical issue using an archaic poetry style to personify the juxtaposition of conservative values and modern ethical dilemma. In a world where contemporary expression of art and medicine is relentlessly pursued, perhaps playing homage to the ideals of the past and reflecting on the values of both art and medicine that shaped the us will bring us peace we need for the modern healer to evolve.
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