A gentle breeze blows
To kiss the velvet petals
Of a newborn rose.

Summer drifts away,
As a coolness fills the air,
Fall awaits its day.

Rain freshens the earth,
Everything drinks its bounty
And there is rebirth.

Summer nights are clear
As breezes return to sleep
And darkness comes near.

Stretching after sleep,
A cat awakens to life
And mischief to seek.

A summer rain cools,
While birds bathe happily
In refreshing pools

Author: Norm Rourke

In addition to writing and performing poetry, I have been a staff writer for Persimmon Hill and The Ketchpen, publications of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. I have also been contributing writer and columnist for the Oklahoma News Weekly and have written pieces for the Sapulpa (OK) Daily Herald. I was also a columnist for the Henryetta (OK) Free Lance. I’m currently a contributor to the Oklahoma Observer (Oklahoma City) and I write for the Okmulgee (OK) News Network online publication. I’m also been a book reviewer for Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and for other publications.
I am a freelance writer and offer professional editing and communications consulting services for creative writers and business communicators. I organized a writers group—Okmulgee County Writers Roundup—and am past president of the Friends of Okmulgee Public Library.
Named to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels by the governor of that state, I have lived in and written about places in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.


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