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Miss Grief

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Miss Grief

Oh Miss Grief, you are such an insidious friend
When I am weak and crawling on my knees, you appear at my most vulnerable moments

Was it the first tear, that called you out from the shadows
could you taste the moisture in such a parched and sterile world

Was it the look on my face when my pale skin, reflected the moonlight
or the gravity of my trembling hand, that awoke you from your restless slumber

Oh Miss Grief, I tried to divert all the energy I had away from your hollow call
My heartache ensued, and your touch was sublime

I shut my eyes and waited for the moment,
You were there touching my soul, listing to the beat of my heart, as I waited

I heard your footsteps on the floor of creaking destiny
I wondered if you would console me

I closed my eyes and waited,
Oh Miss Grief, thank you for meeting me once again
that I may tell the world, you cared
Knowing I was never alone

February 3, 2016
Carl Meadows

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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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