POEMS: “Something Told the Wild Geese” by Rachel Field


Something Told the Wild Geese

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.

by Rachel Field


Rachel Field (1894 – 1942) was a novelist, children’s book author, playwright, and poet. Born in New York City, she was the first woman to win the Newbery Award for outstanding children’s fiction.Rachel’s best-known work was probably her novel, All This And Heaven Too, which was made into a film starring Bette Davis.




6 Comments Add yours

  1. What a sweet surprise! Isn’t it a lovely poem? And I love that old movie, but had no idea Rachel Field had anything to do with it! thank dear friend.


    1. Oh it is a lovely poem! Thank you dear Michele, I looked it up because of you! Now I must look up the movie because I don’t remember watching it 🙂

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  2. One of my favorite poemes! Thank you.


    1. Oh I am so glad to hear this! Thank you for visiting and letting me know. Best wishes, Amira

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  3. LindaP says:

    Lovely poem! I know I have watched the movie, but I can’t remember it! I’ll have to look for it as well! Love, Linda.


    1. Let me know if you find it please 🙂


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