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Poem: The Spiders Lair

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There are many times in life where there is something emotional and visceral going on within ourselves and the perception of events supersede the reality; This is where fear and possibility meet~Life’s great intersection.

The Spiders Lair

As I stood on the precipice and opened my wings

My heart began to dance and my soul to sing

With boundless possibilities and an open sky

I stepped out from the ledge, and closed my eyes

The wind pulled me up and the current gave me a lift

Who would have thought the winds, would suddenly shift?

What seemed like a lifetime, would abruptly stop

Suddenly peering into haunting eyes, stuck in one spot

Shards of color canvas resting in unfamiliar bundles

Night seemed like day, and day seemed like night

Waiting in fear of the terrible bite

Time became endless and glaring became normal

Would I die in this place, or realize my dreams of tomorrow

Would these eyes even care to see my possibility and hope

Or would it focus on spinning me with the sticky silk rope

Time drained my soul like an invisible leak

When you took your final bite

there was nothing left, but a distant memory of me

I closed my eyes and drifted away

When my time had come there was nothing left to say

I stood on the precipice and opened my wings

As I was never there to see those things

Carl Meadows

May 8, 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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