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Poem: Saturn


Essential Distance and closeness in Love: the paradox. In my life and relationship with my husband of 25 years I have always been in a paradox of needing love and closeness and space and distance simultaneously. This poem is about the essential distance and the importance on individuality.


With a naked eye, the rings can go unnoticed,

Despite such brilliance

Solitude, solid and perfectly you

At times cold and fiercely independent

Do you ever want to see me with all my imperfections?

If so, give me a sign

You never truly touch the wonder

A peripheral longing that evades contact

Loyalty displayed for an eternity

Your presence is always there

The rings create utmost magnificence

Heartsick that the distance remains

Over time, you learned to stand in love

Oh Saturn, how can such distance create a lifelong peace?

Close up, the rings are nothing but small meaningless pieces

Standing back they are so beautiful and mesmerizing

Please share your wisdom

I will constantly orbit around you for eternity

Knowing you see me

Knowing we complete each other

It’s that you are there

That I can close my eyes and breathe

Carl Meadows

March 21, 2014

Dedicated to Les

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I was born in Prince Rupert, BC and I grew up in 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 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 graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1993 and it was the proudest achievement in my life. 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 LGBTQ contributions to the world. In 2014 I responded to a call to sponsor two Syrian Gay refugees to come to Canada. This launched the beginning of a national Charity called the Rainbow Foundation of Hope. I was the founding President. n my professional life, I am a Registered Nurse and a Healthcare Executive. I live with my husband and our dog Rocky in Penticton BC

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