The décima is his confidant, and Santiago Almaguer Valdés gives his days to it, sketching with words what happens around him.
The gift of improvisation discovered since he was a child had to be relegated at the age of eight; a sharp mocha and a backpack baptize him as a peasant, forced to continue the family trade. As another illiterate in a precarious Cuba, he spends his life mountain after mountain in the Sierra Maestra.
In 1972 he moved to Los Negros, a village in Contramaestre municipality, where he lives today. There, once he retired, he began his most prolific stage, with a work that today exceeds 4 thousand décimas.