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Poem: The Men of Los Lomas

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This poem doesn’t need any intro, only that it captures the experience of our human life when moments emerge and we realize beauty and passion is abundant and comes when we least expect it.

The Men of Los Lomas

Longing for adventure, watching for signs

The invitation appeared as an oasis in the parched heat

Lust covered me with an insatiable hunger

Shimmering sunlight on moist skin;

Masculinity and torsos as beautiful as mahogany trees

Ocean spray sobering my memory of young love; childhood spirit awaken

Did my beauty emerge long enough to remember it?

Did I find the men of Los Lomas or did they find me?

Missing many words, finding language in sensuality

Was it the beginning or the end?

Photographs undeveloped; pictures only appear in my dreams

My heart ached to say good-bye; the infamous kiss

The men of Los Lomas;

the men or the metaphor, permanently etched in my heart forever

Carl Meadows

January 12, 2013

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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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