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Poem: Saturn

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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.

Saturn

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 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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