The Dance

Humberto Ak'Abal

Translated by Ilan Stavans
 
All of us dance
on a cent's edge.
The poor—because they are poor—
lose their step,
and fall
and everyone else
falls on top.
 
Copyright © 2011 by Ilan Stavans and Humberto Ak'Abal. Reprinted from The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry with the permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Further Reading

Poems about Dancing
A Peacock in Spring
by Joyelle McSweeney
Borderline Mambo
by Rita Dove
Brokeheart: Just like that
by Patrick Rosal
Complaint of Isadora Duncan's Scarf
by Charles Jensen
Latin & Soul
by Victor Hernández Cruz
M. Degas Teaches Art & Science at Durfee Intermediate School, Detroit 1942
by Philip Levine
My Papa's Waltz
by Theodore Roethke
The Waltz We Were Born For
by Walt McDonald
Two Pages, 122 Words on Music and Dance
by John Cage
Poems About Work and Money
A Situation for Mrs. Biswas
by Prageeta Sharma
Blues
by Elizabeth Alexander
Coming Close
by Philip Levine
Engines Within the Throne
by Cathy Park Hong
Hay for the Horses
by Gary Snyder
I am the People, the Mob
by Carl Sandburg
i am witness to the threshing of the grain
by John Hoffman
Odd Jobs
by Jericho Brown
On Quitting
by Edgar Guest
One of the Monkeys
by Nicholas Johnson
Personals
by C. D. Wright
Po' Boy Blues
by Langston Hughes
Proximity
by Randall Mann
Song of Myself
by John Canaday
Song of the Shirt
by Thomas Hood
Testament
by Carl Sandburg
The Debt
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Eternal City
by Jim Simmerman
The Orange Bears
by Kenneth Patchen
The Telephonist
by Susan Yuzna
The Unknown Citizen
by W. H. Auden
The Whistle
by Yusef Komunyakaa
The World is Too Much With Us
by William Wordsworth
Thinking of Work
by James Shea
Vocation
by Sandra Beasley