The Valley Swallow (La golondrina del valle)

Sergio Vesely
Testimony by:
Sergio Vesely

One of the most amazing experiences I had during my six months in the Puchuncaví Prison Camp, was to see the metamorphosis of the barbed wire fence into a huge musical score. This happened when a flock of swallows made a surprise visit and hundreds of them perched at different heights on the stiff barbed wire. It was this image that inspired this song.

Published on: 22 June 2015

The valley swallow has perched
on the camp fence.
It is alone, a stray note
on the barb of the wire.
Fly and seek your sisters!
Give life to the pentagram
of the barb, of the wire,
swallows of this valley.

This song forms part of Sergio Vesely's album Documento (1986), which consists of 27 songs inspired by his experience as a prisoner.