Gabriela Mistral

(7 April 1889 – 10 January 1957 / Vicuna)

Those Who Do Not Dance

Poem by Gabriela Mistral

A crippled child
Said, “How shall I dance?”
Let your heart dance
We said.

Then the invalid said:
“How shall I sing?”
Let your heart sing
We said

Then spoke the poor dead thistle,
But I, how shall I dance?”
Let your heart fly to the wind
We said.

Then God spoke from above
“How shall I descend from the blue?”
Come dance for us here in the light
We said.

All the valley is dancing
Together under the sun,
And the heart of him who joins us not
Is turned to dust, to dust.


Comments about Those Who Do Not Dance by Gabriela Mistral

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (7/12/2020 3:26:00 PM)

    Then God spoke from above
    “How shall I descend from the blue? ”
    Come dance for us here in the light
    We said.
    All the valley is dancing
    Together under the sun,

    the h eart of the one who joins.... very fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • A Scholar (11/23/2019 10:57:00 PM)

    What does the last stanza mean? I'm having a hard time translating it into context.(Report)Reply

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  • Nice, (6/19/2019 8:33:00 AM)

    Pretty nice poem, pretty touching(Report)Reply

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  • 1234556 (6/6/2019 8:29:00 PM)

    lol there are like 20something comments on the octopus and like 4 here(Report)Reply

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  • GuessMahName (5/16/2019 9:10:00 PM)

    This poem sux, though WSC asked us to analyze it, it sux, and it was made real difficult to be analyzed due to the tone(Report)Reply

    Gabriela Mistral(6/21/2019 12:25:00 AM)

    no, it is you that sux.

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  • i don''t know (2/26/2019 2:07:00 AM)

    the monotone voice made it confusing.(Report)Reply

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  • divya (1/27/2019 1:21:00 AM)

    i couldn't understand the last para(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010