The Dance

Humberto Ak'Abal
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.

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.

Humberto Ak'Abal