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Poem: A Drift at Sea

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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 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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