Great Poems I read:

Something Told the Wild Geese

by Rachel Field


Something told the wild geese
It was time to go.
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered,—‘Snow.’
Leaves were green and stirring,
Berries, luster-glossed,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned,—‘Frost.’
All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.
Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly,—
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.

Rachel Field

Rachel Field (1894–1942) was an American novelist, poet, and children’s fiction writer. She is best known for her award-winning novel ‘Hitty, Her First Hundred Years’, but she was also a great lyricist, penning the English lyrics for Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria included in the Disney film Fantasia.