Image prompt: Writer’s Island 

poised on the threshold
of dreams that live within
and the lifeless universe
that smothers you outside
your spirit gently cries

to remain in this dreary world
thrust upon you by birth
and circumstance, to not be
where your imagination can take you
is painful, a raw ache that will not subside

will you merely peep from behind the curtain
at that which you have been denied?
or do you have the courage, the enterprise
to peel off the grey, to awaken and boldly step
into the colourful world that sleeps inside?