70 words in the flames

mindless wanderings
through the crowd
wearing corpse faces,
hollow eyes.

I see a man aglow
by the company.

He plays a flute,
his mustache
tingling wood,
my soul.

Who is he
in this impenetrable
of these lives?

Robotic movements
go on, devoid of
any recognition
for him.

He bursts into
flames, the arcs of
revival, everything

The end begins,
bones litter
the pathways
of my mind.


For dVerse, where we are writing tenWord poems, a form devised by Mr. Brian Miller. He says, “I call this one on tenWord, because after ten words no one is listening anyway, or already formulating their response…and what can you say in ten words…”
I have written seven such verses, which make a whole while also standing alone.

Image source– It is a digital painting by Saatchi Art Artist, Jon Holland.

25 thoughts on “70 words in the flames

  1. Interesting form and I like Brian’s notation after 10 words no one is listening…well, your’s was very interesting…they do stand all alone with a haiku/american sentence tone to each.


  2. The end begins,
    bones litter
    the pathways
    of my mind.

    The bitter end reveals how the process went. It is normally not an easy task and one has to get over many obstacles! Great lines HA!



  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Very strong excellent take on Brian’s form; kind of magical how each stanza stands alone, yet is integral to the whole. I chose to make every ten Word a totally separate entity, & combine them with some of my photography. Lots of fun out here on the trail.


  4. A fascinating write, HA, indeed, and like you yourself say, each segment can be obsserved as solitary, yet it is at the same time a larger and much more captivating story when read together.


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