“A Girl, Sleeping” by Ama Boakyewaa Adjei.

A girl, sleeping.  She longs to leave

her world of grey  to walk on gold

and bask with kings,  but does not

learn or work or pray  so waives the

coming of these things

She oft builds castles in the air  in

hopes of seeing them on rock,  but

lacks the will to work the mare  so

fails to frame a single block.

She longs to sail to lands unknown

to conquer great and noble feats,  but

fears to step out of the known  so

slumps with eyes cast at her feet.

She dreams a life of gain and glam

of all that’s right and nothing wrong,

but wakes not from the obvious sham

of the dreams she’s made into song.