Island Life, spring

with apologies to Rachel Field

Something Told the Wild Geese

Something told forgot to tell 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 (didn’t seem to mind)
At remembered ice. 


Something  told forgot to tell  the wild geese 
It was time to fly – 
Summer sun was on their wings, 
Winter in their cry.

The return of the wild geese is normally a sign of spring. But not this year.

They decided to stay all winter.

As did the robins.

(taken through the window)

It’s still looking wintery,

but, for those who know how to look, signs of spring are all around.

The days are longer, you can hear the chickadees’ mating song and a spring scent is in the air.

It won’t be too long before we’re watching these beauties push their way up through the soil.

A lovely sight for color hungry eyes!

What signs of spring can you see where you live?

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4 thoughts on “with apologies to Rachel Field

  1. Kathie, you are the BEST photographer. The picture of the robin is brilliant. Brilliant, I tell you! Lovely post, and great shots of the geese.

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  2. The geese wintered in SE Wisconsin as well, resorting to Lake Michigan for open water at times. Did see a few robins this past week, and the daffodil greens have been coming up for awhile now. Quite a change from last winter! 67F today. I love your header photos, the lilacs and lily of the valley (my birth month flower). I've had to remind myself more than once which season we are in, since it's looked like late fall for months!

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  3. Bev K says:

    We used to see a lot of geese in the Valley here but now the swans are predominant. I've been told the swans stay until the last snow so I guess winter isn't officially over here yet. However I do have 3 Daffodils, cloudy pockets of snowdrops throughout the yard and a pink Vigealia blooming.I love your snowy robin picture. Stunning.Hope spring shows up soon for you.

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  4. HI Kathie. These are wonderful photos of all the geese! Wow. I'm surprised that many stayed behind but I guess they must have known it would be an easy winter. We have too much snow here to notice signs of spring yet, other than a few robins that may have overwintered. Thanks for visiting me today. Blessings, Pamela

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