the clench in my brain is like
imagination on speed
ghosts fly behind my back

my mom’s sweet white hair
the door ajar
her eyes peeking through

the pale blue casket
like an empty sky

more than once a day
I have something to tell her
she listened
even if she couldn’t remember it
five minutes later

what scares me
is swallowing insanity
in small measures

the doses will grow
until I talk to people no one else can see
until I think my granddaughter is my daughter

and I run naked on the lawn

Image credit:Tertia van Rensburg

Cheryl Leverette—the pen name of Cheryl Ann Dodd—was a talented and prolific poet who drew much inspiration from the company of other writers and artists online. She died on May 27, 2019. The rest of her inspiration came from her family. For her author bio on Open Arts Forum, she wrote, "I'm a grandmother living in Tennessee, enjoying my family and semi-retirement. I love writing and poetry as a hobby and also as a learning experience. It keeps me sharp."