Tribute to Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978). Norman Rockwell was an American painter and illustrator, best known for his cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post. He is considered one of the greatest American illustrators of the 20th century, and his works are known for their depiction of American culture and values, and their ability to capture the human experience.

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Tribute To Norman Rockwell

© more by Neil Dickinson

Published by Family Friend Poems May 2014 with permission of the Author.

His paintings are slices of life
Depicting the joy and the strife
And the highs and the lows
Of the subjects he chose
With artistic panache he was rife

Norman Rockwell was born long ago
At a time of upheaval and woe
When fiscal depression
And social oppression
Comprised not a good status quo

At a very young age it was clear
There was only one path he could steer
With his sketches and such
He impressed very much
And got better with each passing year

He was hired when still in his teens
By the Scouts to create cover scenes
Which were folksy and smart
As Director of Art
With the talent instilled in his genes

Pretty soon all the world knew his name
And many an accolade came
To this man of great style
Who could charm and beguile
With the pictures he put in a frame

Over 300 covers he drew
For 'The Post', as his influence grew
As a man with a gift
Who gave people a lift
When they found they were gloomy and blue

It’s the day Norman Rockwell expired
But he’ll always be loved and admired
For all he engendered
With images rendered
That never get dated or tired


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