Summer in the Country

by Michael Dylan Welch, Colleen Gerrish Force, and Jim Force (Nika)


First published in Skylark 5:2, Winter 2017, page 108. Written 16 July 2011 at Silva Bay Resort, Gabriola Island, British Columbia. See also “Christmas in the City,” written with Jim Force (and vincent tripi) in 1993, which bookended the following rengay, eighteen years earlier.



cedar rounds

stacked to the cabin soffit—

summer rain Michael


an orange plastic whistle

on a teenager’s life jacket Colleen


the picnic table

carved with initials

new and old Nika


mosquito repellent

forgotten again Michael


trolling the lake

in search of pickerel . . .

horizon moon Colleen


between kisses

first firefly Nika