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Personal Story

Late Fall Hospice Fragment

Poem 24 ±

April 24, 2017

In the garden, we build an altar on El Dia de Los Muertos,
searching for the thinning veil between worlds.

Climbing the walls around us,
bougainvillea lit by the light of dead stars.

Leonid meteors make their way through the night,
trailing tails of their flame's demise. His eyes follow them

across the courtyard, as far as he can see, following, then later
unfollowing, not the thing, but the thing it might have become.

Keiko Lane, M.F.T., is a psychotherapist and educator in Berkeley, Calif. A poet and essayist, she writes and teaches about the the intersections of queer culture and kinship, oppression resistance, racial and gender justice, HIV criminalization, reproductive justice, and liberation psychology. Her writing has appeared most recently in The Feminist Porn Book, Queering Sexual Violence, The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Heath and Healthcare, and online on,, and

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