|Hi Beholden, I just finished writing from the same prompt and we couldn't have seen this any differently. I loved coming on to your interpretation of the prompt photo for review.
Beginning at the beginning, "Portal", sounds futuristic and inviting. Stargate came to mind. Who wouldn't want to explore?
Your free verse flows with fluidity. An easy to read piece with good sonics.
Actually the content seemed more reminiscent, nostalgic, than futuristic. I didn't read the Chronicles in my childhood. I've never read them, although I am aware of the story and have seen the movie, watching with my grandchildren who surprisingly weren't all that interested. The piece is really for those who are familiar with the story, having only seen the movie once a while back, I am assuming that the Telmerines refers to the children, I don't remember the names. But I get it, stepping into another world, the mystery, the adventure can be very exciting.
I think I liked the last stanza best, it felt right reading those lines.
I don't see anything on which I can offer for improvement.
As always I enjoy reading your work, this was no exception.