By: Tess Gallagher

Author Biography

Tess Gallager, a poet, essayist, and short story writer was born in 1943, in Port Angeles; Washington. She earned a degree from the University of Washington, then later proceded to publish numerous collections of poetry. She then met the love of her life, and that inspired her to write more love poems. Gallagher still continues to write amazing poetry.

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Choices By: Tess Gallagher

I go to the mountain side

of the house to cut saplings,

and clear a view to snow

on the mountain. But when I look up,

saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in

the uppermost branches.

I don’t cut that one.

I don’t cut the others either.

Suddenly, in every tree,

an unseen nest

where a mountain

would be.

Theme and Explanation of Choices

Choices, by Tess Gallagher, is a poem that highlights the importance of looking at all of aspects certain situation before you throw yourself in a situation with blind ambition.

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