A poem in the fall publication of the Maryland Clubwoman makes for good reading on these hot and humid days. "Snowfall," composed by one of our neighbors, Celeste Riddle, won first place in a poetry contest sponsored by the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs Inc.
Mrs. Riddle, who says she writes "when the spirit moves me," began expressing herself through poetry about 20 years ago when her son John was a baby. She had always enjoyed reading poetry and found that writing it was a way of expressing herself.
"Poetry made an impact on me, so I tried it and I liked it," she said.
She started to put her feelings down on paper, and the more she wrote, the easier it became. When she started, her poems were written in a rhyming fashion. Recently she changed to free form and has found joy in this style. "Painting at the Symphony," her first free form poem, won third place in the federation's poetry contest last year.
Mrs. Riddle writes three to four poems a year. Her subjects have included a vacation trip and the loss of a pet. Her inspiration often comes in the quiet hours of the night.
Mrs. Riddle is a member of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights and was the club's immediate past president. She is a member of the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church and volunteers at the Benson-Hammond House. She lives in Linthicum with her husband, Les, and their two sons, John and Paul.
Here is her award-winning poem, "Snowfall."
A lacy curtain
Of gossamer crystals
The barren, frozen earth.
Tree limbs, no longer bare,
Form a delicate filigree
Against the somber sky.
And I am filled
Oh fragile disguise
Such immensity of power!
As the soothing balm
Of icy beauty spreads its promise
And the winter's scars of ugliness
The Linthicum Heights American Association of Retired Persons 2244 starts its fall season Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church. The Rev. McCarl Roberts from the Maryland Bible Society will present "Magic with a Meaning." The fun program begins at 1 p.m. The business will be held afterward.
Members can bring a brown bag lunch. The chapter will serve cake and coffee. Board members will meet at 11:30 a.m.
For additional information, call Helen Del Brocco at 789-1588.
Karen Kyle has won the Linthicum Elementary School Computer Fund's tickets to see Cal Ripken play in his record-breaking game Wednesday. The computer fund also came out a winner. The ticket contest brought in $950 to be used to buy new equipment for the school.
Teachers and staff members will be introduced to the families, and parents will then have a chance to visit their child's classroom.
There will be a PTA Executive Board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, prior to the Back-to-School Night.