Love Song for a Disappeared Woman (Canción de amor a una desaparecida)

Sergio Vesely
Testimony by:
Sergio Vesely

Daniela was the political codename of María Cecilia Labrín, a member of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR). Agents of the DINA (the regime’s secret police) arrested her at her home on Latadía Street in Santiago in August 1974. She has never been seen again.

In my cell I wrote this song dedicated to the memory of Daniela, I mean, of Cecilia...

Victims remembered in this testimony:

Published on: 22 June 2015

Daniela in pain
bell without a toll
a lamp in its sleep
regret of the waves.
Bearer of algae
from a hidden sea,
messenger immersed
in a wounded body.

In her eyes dwelt
an emerald green
and a blue butterfly
dwelt on her lips.
From her womb flies out
misted-over love,
returns to the scents
a condemned wind.

Watch over her journey,
you bedecked sun.
Keep her from the cold,
you slumberous moon.
Land of shadow,
water of life,
build for her a shelter
beyond forgetting.