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Poetry and Medicine
March 19, 2019

The War of All Against All

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  • 1Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
JAMA. 2019;321(11):1108. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17815

Rapa Nui

Here on the island, where grassy flanks
of volcanos flow to the coast, they roped
the guardians’ necks and tumbled them
to rubble. Each clan, driven by anger
and hunger, demolished the guardians
of others. Every one of them succumbed.

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