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Poem: A Drift at Sea


Sometimes in relationship there are periods when one partner needs to drift for a while to find out who they are; the strongest relationships understand when drifting is essential for renewal and lets the process occur without trying to rescue.

Drift At Sea

Hands holding each other, fingers letting go

Hearts attached

Running along the shore, I can see your eyes meeting mine

As I drift at Sea

Can you hear my heart beating for you

as my glance turns away toward the setting sun?

Sands shifting, tides are restless

Drifting in darkness with moon watching over me

In the distance, I can hear your beating heart

I close my eyes and feel your warmth within the tepid water

I open my heart and feel your stare as I drift away

Drifting away at sea, will you wait for me?

I can hear my heavy breath as the water covers my face

I feel your arms and chest on my back; eyes open wide

I feel your beating heart, tasting your sweet lips against mine

You knew where I was all along, a journey well known to some

A wise mans traveled path, a young mans journey

Hands touching, hearts beating, waiting to come up for air

Gone for a while but I never left

Being the man I want to be, as I drift at Sea

Carl Meadows

March 26th, 2011

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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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