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Poem: If tomorrow didn’t come

MED154 Carl Meadows

If tomorrow didn’t come

Today’s a day like any day

Did I walk past a bird and forget to notice its song

Did I worry about something meaningless that’s faded away, and now gone

Did I forget to let my parents know

I love them more now, than ever before

Did I forget to tell my lover “I love you”

before I closed the door

Did I forget to tell my sisters how much they mean to me

All our childhood memories

That created the man I became to be

Did I forget to tell grandma how much she meant

Was it too late when I came through the door, to see her time clock was spent

What if tomorrow didn’t arrive

Would I have spent all my “I love you’s”

Or have a stockpile inside

Every second, of every day this story plays out

Have you expressed your love or sadly held out

If tomorrow didn’t come, what would you do?

Do it today, as the hourglass may be staring at you

Carl Meadows

September 26, 2012

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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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