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This short poem tells of the geese that, in spite of still seeing the golden fields of summer, can feel the urge to begin their winter migration. Something tells them that frost and snow are on the way and it is time to fly. Even though the summer sun is on their wings, there is 'winter in their cry'.
Rachel Lyman Field (1894-1942) was an American novelist, poet, and author of children's fiction. She was also a successful author of adult fiction, writing the bestsellers Time Out of Mind (1935), All This and Heaven Too (1938), and And Now Tomorrow (1942). She is also famous for this poem Something Told the Wild Geese which has been set to music by a number of composers. Field also wrote the English lyrics for the version of Franz Schubert's Ave Maria used in the Disney film Fantasia.
Text by Rachel Lyman Field