Summer Shout


Could it be coincidence? As we mark the official end of Summer 2018 tonight, I received word that one of my poems has been accepted for publication in a literary magazine—a poem that celebrates summer.

“Summer Shout” will appear in an upcoming issue of Dual Coast Magazine, which describes itself as a showcase of poetry, fiction, art, and culture. Dual Coast is a publication from Prolific Press, a Virginia publisher of eight respected literary journals.

The poem took form one evening when I heard a child’s shout in the distance, in the late dusk of a summer day. Boyhood memories rushed in: of playmates long forgotten, stickball games long decided, makeshift clubhouses long collapsed.



In the neighborhood at dusk

a youngster’s shout in the distance

calls me to forgotten boyhood

of dusky evenings when after supper we played

hide and seek in backyards and darkening byways

until mothers with apron strings finally undone

ventured from lamp-warmed parlors to

holler our names in turn

to come bathe away the day before

clamboring into pilled pajamas

and await a next day’s eager adventures.

If you enjoyed reading this, you will like my new novel, Billy of the Tulips, a sensitive boy’s grim engagement with innocence and iniquity, now available in both print and Kindle from Amazon.


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  • Katrina Bickford
    commented 2018-09-22 07:20:57 -0400
    Beautiful poem Peter. Reminds me of Piano, by DH Lawrence