Tess Gallagher

Almost Lost Moment
January 25, 2018 Gallagher Tess

Almost Lost Moment

coming back in an incidental way,
claiming to be the most beautiful
moment of my life:  braiding
her waist-length white hair by the Pacific
at LaPush.  Hand over
hand, the three-way crossings
of apportioned strands, and quiet,
her head braced against my gentle pull
as she gazes out.  Both in our sea-minds.
And quiet.


for Georgia Morris Bond,
          my mother


Tess Gallagher’s newest book, Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf), will be released 27 September, 2011. Tess Gallagher spends time in a cottage on Lough Arrow in Co. Sligo in the West of Ireland and also lives and writes in her hometown of Port Angeles, WA. Her 12th volume of poetry, Is, Is Not, will be published by Graywolf Press in America in 2019. A dual-language edition of her poems has just been published in Romania.