Ben H. English Author ~ Texas U.S.A. Alpine

(The Swallow)

Deje también
mi patria idolatrada
esa mansión
que me miró nacer
mi vida es hoy
errante y angustida
y ya no puedo
a mi mansión volver…

(I left too
my beloved homeland,
That home
that saw me born;
My life today
is wandering and anguished,
And I cannot
to my home return…)

–Opening page for Destiny’s Way: A Novel of the Big Bend

If my book has a theme song, it is this wistful old ballad from a century and a half before. Written by an exiled Mexican physician during his people’s struggle against the invading French, it became a favorite of those who had been taken prisoners by Maximilian’s army during the conflict. That popularity, for one reason or another, has continued on to this day.

I first heard the tune as a small child and have listened to it innumerable times since then, and in all sorts of arrangements from operatic to mariachi to a single six-string Mexican guitarra. The latter to me is the finest version of all, as it illustrates so passionately the beautiful simplicity of the song and why it is so enduring.

A link follows below to such a recording and I hope that you, the reader, will take a moment to listen. The experience will help you better understand the thinking involved in the writing of ‘Destiny’s Way.’

For of all the ballads, tunes and lyrics ever created; this is the one that bends and flows through my mind and memories when I consider my own homeland:

The lower Big Bend of Texas.

Cuidado y vaya con Dios, paisanos…

Ben H. English
Alpine, Texas

Solo guitarra:


By Kindness

Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)

4 replies on “Ben H. English Author ~ Texas U.S.A. Alpine”

Thank you for sharing!.. hope all is well with you and your family, friends, etc, each and every day is filled with love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!.. 🙂

Until we meet again..
May flowers always line your path
and sunshine light your way,
May songbirds serenade your
every step along the way,
May a rainbow run beside you
in a sky that’s always blue,
And may happiness fill your heart
each day your whole life through.
May the sun shine all day long
Everything go right, nothing go wrong
May those you love bring love back to you
And may all the wishes you wish come true
(Irish Saying)

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