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Poem: The Eyes of Medusa

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In our world of media, this is a Poem that represents the collision between narcism, needing validation and our cultural addiction to connection, leading to our increasing social isolation.

The Eyes of Medusa

Who has seen the eyes of Medusa?
Ugliness so profound it turns your human shell to stone
The same ugliness rooted in self-hate
A paradox to behold when vanity infects your vision of the world
Who has lead your soul to the reflective pond?
A “selfie”, “facebook post”, “instagram”; imagery to be worshiped
Who is the nemesis that draws us toward this curse?
So strong is the pull, the internal death is slow and insidious
A cruel irony; insatiable hunger for validation
An eternally empty bowl
A world moves on without us
the lure pulls you towards the waters edge
like an invisible rope around our neck
Transfixed by our very own insecurities
Time shows itself soon enough
Once stunning and youthful
The ultimate paradox
Staring at your reflection to realize
you are looking into the eyes of Medusa

Carl Meadows
February 21, 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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