Treasure Island

Rachel Lyman Field

(1894-1942 / the United States)

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.

Submitted: Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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  • Sheila Beers (9/5/2014 1:27:00 PM)

    The poem is about the order in nature. It also is about the instinct that prompts the geese to migrate south before the cold winter sets in. (Report) Reply

  • Sheila Beers (9/5/2014 1:25:00 PM)

    The poem is about the order in nature. It also is about the instinct of the geese that prompts them to migrate south before the coming of winter. (Report) Reply

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