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Poem: A Moment with You

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A Poem about Friendship: A Friend is a moment and a friendship is many moments ~ Carl Meadows

A Moment with You

A friend is a moment in time, the one directly staring at you

Lost in being needed; the ache of wondering

You pulled me to the edge with our fingers locked; the chasm was steep

Fear of falling left me weightless, but you were there

The truth was somewhere, beyond the vast landscape of my thoughts

Searching for signs of permanence would be futile

Courage pulled me forward; I wanted to trust I wouldn’t fall

Pounding heart, swirling mind, I began to drift

Was cavernous space and distance my life lesson to master?

Fear of closeness my nemesis

The memory of belonging to something, disappeared a lifetime ago

Comfort came in images shaped by prairie clouds, mesmerized with ephemeral visions of realness

Standing on the edge, a truth emerged

There was never a “you”; we only ever had a moment and it touched me

Carl Meadows

November 6, 2014

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I was born June 13, 1967. I was raised in the town of Port Coquitlam, BC within metro Vancouver. I was a non-conventional boy winning awards for choreography, dance, and led many school performance numbers before grade 6. I also competed as a figure skater and was notorious for doing cart wheels on the ice. I was bullied all through my school years and ended up going to 3 different High Schools and didn't graduate from High School as a result. This was the era of no Gay Rights in Canada. I struggled with visibility, identity and self-esteem. I am one of the lucky survivors as most of my friends died of AIDS or committed suicide. I am a prolific Poet. I graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1993 and it was one of the proudest achievements in my lifetime as it defied all those folks who said I wasn't enough. It taught me that despite hardships, I could overcome insurmountable challenges. I am committed to making the world more compassionate and doing my part by celebrating LGBT contributions to the world. Every year my husband and I host a Fall Gala for 'Out in Schools' called the 'Carl and Les Fall Gala. Part of this vision is to make sure every student in BC has the opportunity to see their self worth through LGBTQ visibility, support and action to make the world safe for everyone. I am President for the Foundation of Hope whose vision is "a world where LGBT+ refugees can live safely and be themselves". We also support a Film Series at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival called "Migrant Voices" that raises awareness of issues surrounding Refugees, Immigrants, Asylum seekers and Migrants. In my professional life, I am a Registered Nurse and a Health Services Administrator in Health Care. I live with my husband and our dog Ted.

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