Christine Elfman

The last time I saw Pocahontas

pigmented inkjet print and morning glory anthotype
27 x 35 inches each

I went out one evening to capture morning glory.
But the setting sun shone directly in the lens, erasing all detail.
As I folded up my camera in disappointment, along came a woman.
She stopped and warned,

Be careful a those flowers.
They’re poison.
I tell you what,
I had some friends awhile back
who picked a bunch a those flowers
n made a tincture.
They all sat down at a table together
drank one shot n died.
I asked to take her picture.
She gave it.
And before she left, I asked her name.

Pocahontas, she replied.