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You Touched Me ~


My feet touched the ground shrouded by a deafening silence

The wind and the sea made me spellbound

I saw the rolling hills of blinding white stones

I stepped from the safety of materialism to the epicentre of despair

The irony that I could speed away anytime never left me

I decided to walk out alone amongst thousands of lost dreams

The first white stone came into focus as the tears stung my face and the words paralyzed every cell of my humanness

“He sleeps in a foreign land, in a grave we never see. May god guide a kind hand to lay a flower for me. Mother~”

As I stood on the precipice of loss; the beauty of this resting place will never be forgotten and you touched me~

Juno Beach, France

Carl Meadows november 6, 2016

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I was born in Prince Rupert, BC and I grew up in 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 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 graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1993 and it was the proudest achievement in my life. 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 LGBTQ contributions to the world. In 2014 I responded to a call to sponsor two Syrian Gay refugees to come to Canada. This launched the beginning of a national Charity called the Rainbow Foundation of Hope. I was the founding President. n my professional life, I am a Registered Nurse and a Healthcare Executive. I live with my husband and our dog Rocky in Penticton BC

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