2004-02-19 / Front Page

Courier Contributor’s Poem Wins Cyclones’ Valentine’s Contest

By Neil S. Friedman

By Neil S. Friedman

Ray and Christine Dowd stand with Brooklyn Cyclones’ mascot Sandy the Seagull, who presented a dozen roses and a box of chocolates to the  woman after her husband’s poem was selected for the winner in the team’s recent Valentine’s Day contest.Ray and Christine Dowd stand with Brooklyn Cyclones’ mascot Sandy the Seagull, who presented a dozen roses and a box of chocolates to the woman after her husband’s poem was selected for the winner in the team’s recent Valentine’s Day contest.

The winner of the Brooklyn Cyclones Sweetheart Contest for Valentine’s Day was Christine Dowd, wife of Canarsie Courier freelance contributor Ray Dowd, who was not aware of the honor until she got a surprise visit from the minor league team’s mascot last week at Ridge Abstract Corpora-tion on Flatbush Avenue where she works.

Sandy the Seagull, mascot of the Single A Mets’ affiliate, which plays its home games at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, surprised the contest winner when he walked into her office with a special delivery — a dozen roses — and told her about the contest.

Ray Dowd submitted a poem he had written years ago for his wife. The entry impressed the Cyclones’ Cupid Committee, which he gave to her on their first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife.

The writer said the poem expresses his happiness and complete awe of his wife, who is his "perfect soul mate and dream come true."

Christine and Raymond live in the Marine Park community. Christine, who is now 5 months pregnant, was shocked to see Sandy the Seagull with the roses and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Raymond showed up with two of his three children to add to the surprise

Below is the prize-winning verse submitted by Dowd.

She came into my life,

With a smile as bright as the sun.

A heart so open, so giving

A warmth so hypnotic, so caring.

She believes in rainbows, and happy endings

In family and children’s laughter

Wanting to please, more then being pleased.

An angel here on earth

Why am I being blessed with her?

Why should I think I am deserving?

She is so pure, so non-judgmental

She accepts me as I am

It’s as if I have known her all my life.

As a child, I dreamed of her

As an adult, I thought I’d never find her

God blessed me, allowing me into her life.

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