This Argentine zamba* was the first song we tried to perform in Puchuncaví, with a group made up of prisoners transferred from Chacabuco Detention Camp together with us, newly arrived 'Puchuncas'.
(*) The zamba is an Argentinian dance and music style. It is a slow, elegant dance in three-quarter time.
Published on: 05 March 2015
your image haunts me, yours is my life and my love too,
and whenever I am thoughtful and alone
I think obsessively of the falsehood with which you have repaid my love.
If I could have you by my side all day long
I would tell you, my dove, of my hidden loves
but this longing is useless - never, never.
I live only to love you, silent and sad, and to weep, to weep.
They've told me that you don't love me, but that's no reason,
you deprive me of your gaze, without it I can’t live
and I will go and hide in a forest just to weep,
perhaps in my banishment I can forget your dark eyes.
One calm night I looked at the blue sky,
contemplating the stars, I asked the loveliest of them
if it was she who shone on your love, my love,
to beg through her that the merciful God to give me fortitude.
You may cite material from the Cantos Cautivos archive but you must credit it by including the name of our project and its URL.
Any third-person use of original material related to testimonies aimed at publication or public dissemination requires the authorisation of the Cantos Cautivos team.