by Tony Gruenewald
After William Eggleston‘s, Untitled (Girl with Red Hair, Biloxi, Mississippi), 1974
With a folded offering clutched in her hand, she gazes heavenward as she awaits the arrival of her roadside eucharist. She waits at the communion rail and watches her burger sizzle to consecration as her paper chalice is filled with sacramental sweet tea while her hair, blazing red, is lit with the Holy Spirit.
Tony Gruenewald is the author of the poetry collections, The Secret History of New Jersey (Northwind 2009) and Honk (Kelsay Books 2021). For more about him and his work, visit tonygruenewald.com