Nietzsche’s Dancers





deaf dancers move
to their own beat –
the music unheard by those
with blind cynical eyes
watching dumbly  
in jaundiced judgement

47 thoughts on “Nietzsche’s Dancers

  1. “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
    ― Friedrich Nietzsche

    This is one of my favorite quotes 🙂
    Beautiful capture of Nietzsche’s idea in your poem, Mike!

  2. Mike: I discovered you just this morning when I saw a kind comment you left at my site (Pictured with Words). This piece of yours is a “wish I’d written it.” Brilliantly penned – capturing the beauty, spirit, resourcefulness, and yes even the ugliness residing in the human heart … and you managed it in few words. My favorite kind of poetry. Thank you for this.

  3. Beaut poem. It’s Nietzsche I think of when I think of my sister in law, who is deaf and has been from birth – it’s astounding and humbling to witness how freely she and her community of hearing-impaired friends move through every aspect of their lives, not hearing judgement. We don’t hear one another’s music but we have to listen for it anyway. xx

    • A very moving and insightful contribution that adds greater understanding to this little piece. I also note that you close with a line that the man himself would have been proud of. Greatly appreciated kk, thanks ❌⭕️

    • Irony indeed, and a deficiency of understanding Christy. One of my favourite things about WordPress is that it populated my people whose eyes are wide open – like your good self. Thanks so much.

  4. Interesting you choose Nietzsche. While not a fan or partisan, I admit that his writings have been interpreted very ‘loosely’ by certain parties who have had half the world dancing on the wrong foot. To a tune Nietzsche himself wouldn’t have entirely approved. He might well have been one of the jaundiced observers. Lots of layers to this one Mike and lots of food for thought in so few lines.

    • I think that most philosophers have a screw loose Jane but they serve their purpose by forcing us to think for ourselves. Nietzsche is so provocative that he makes easy game but he was astute about the deaf dancers, “…thought to be insane by those who were watching”. I could trust you to see the layers in this Jane and thank you for not letting me down 😉

  5. These Nietzches dancers feel the rhythm and beat of life even which the cynical eyes cannot understand. They enhance beauty and true understanding of every emotion, which touches them ; through their dance. Mike, you have done a great job describing such a wonderful moment. I truly feel, its a great tribute to them.

    • A perspicuous analysis Hitaishi. It is true that we should withhold our judgement until we understand what is actually happening. You have added to the value of this post with your feedback – many thanks.

  6. Mike, this is terrific! So much wonderful commentary here, offering an opportunity for serious thought. I’m such a fan of Nietzsche, so instantly you grabbed me with your title. Then we see the “deaf dancers”, really, the visual with just those two words, lovely. Moving on to a strong contrast with “blind cynical eyes”, gracing them with “jaundiced judgement”. I absolutely love this piece in its entirety, every word selected, perfect!

    Warm wishes,

    • You overwhelm me Pepperanne! Your detailed interpretations enhance this piece and provide insight. I thank you so much for your analysis and an appreciation that leaves me blushing.

  7. I love the idea of this Mike, it goes to something we rarely think of…life unencumbered by world noise, releasing the very essence of the soul and dancing to one’s own music. Love this.

    • Rare indeed H in this busy world. I’ve just started reading Russel Brand’s ‘Revolution’ and he makes the very same point as you do – that we’re too involved in reacting to external factors to be our real selves anymore. Thanks a million for this interpretation and feedback.

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