in paradisum

late in life my mother lost her mind
not for the first time but this time she would die
in her own world and as a result I like to think
she would surely find her way to paradise

madness magnified my mother’s innocence
although she dreaded the voices of evil
she defied them for she knew
the good in us could overcome them all

the good mad I believe deserve
to be rewarded in the next world
for what they lost in this one
where they strove to do good but failed

at sunrise I sometimes wonder
where Death will take us when the clouds open
I know the good mad will go to paradise
will we sane ones just fade into oblivion