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Poem: Cinderella Man

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Cinderella Man

As I looked into your icy blue eyes, your instructions were abundantly clear

As you touched my skin and whispered the words; I knew it was for a day and not for years

As you turned around and walked away, you gave me a smirk that etched in my brain

And then there was me standing, wondering, dreaming

I pushed the doors with all my might, and the vision of elation sat in front of me like a golden temple

With my external armour and the whispers of possibility, I emerged alone

My beauty was currency, my charm was wealth, and my fragrance had the flowers bend their ways to reach me

The clock tower began to sway and the dial went into slow motion as I could see what no one else could; my external facade was about to crumble

The prince didn’t have time to say goodbye and my run through the moonlit Forest became haunting, as each branch and thorn tore my skin, reminding me of who I wasn’t

The blood dripped from my hands, as I reached my destiny and stained the doors with my vulnerability

I pushed as hard as I could only to see you again

Your blue eyes reflected what was there all along; a prince who had always known the truth

Carl Meadows
December 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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