Pocahontas Goes Hollywood

*It is important to first view this art piece by Annie Leibovitz to fully understand the poem.

She is a waxy, poor imitation
of a strong, powerful native woman
from the land we pillaged
and raped.

There is no beauty here,
no romance, only a need
to reinvent a historical heroine
in our own image.

The truth is withering away,
fluttering in the wind with the dead,
autumn leaves and nothing is left
but Hollywood fantasy.

*Day 6 of the 2010 April PAD Challenge. Today’s prompt is to write an ekphrastic poem based on the provided art piece.


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