Thoughts of Play

Joel Schueler

my enchanted thoughts at play

in fun rags of fresh decay

in the burning thirst of May

in the arms of Heaven’s Gate

in bold solace at cheap rate

how I watched your perfume eyes

how I loved with warming sighs

how I watched the parchment sing

how its words called to our ring

of sordid one-way passions

of fragrant hopes now ashen

of dysphoric minds unstrung

of a sparrow’s call unsung

and enshrined rhythmic tongues

and this grave soul on anklung

and quests for placid motion

and rivets in my ocean

the lauded fiend unturned

the fiend of sweet sauterne

the eyes not his aware

the narrow cannot bear

my one wish to breathe her air


Joel Schueler is from London. He has a BA (Hons) in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His works have been accepted in over a dozen publications including Pennsylvania Literary Journal, The Dawntreader, Atlantean Publishing & The Bangalore Review. Currently, he is working on his first novel.

Contemporary Literary Review India. Vol 5, No 1, CLRI February 2018 | eISSN 2394-6075