Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

I Am Offering This Poem - Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

I am offering this poem to you,
since I have nothing else to give.
Keep it like a warm coat,
when winter comes to cover you,
or like a pair of thick socks
the cold cannot bite through,

I love you,

I have nothing else to give you,
so it is a pot full of yellow corn
to warm your belly in the winter,
it is a scarf for your head, to wear
over your hair, to tie up around your face,

I love you,

Keep it, treasure it as you would
if you were lost, needing direction,
in the wilderness life becomes when mature;
and in the corner of your drawer,
tucked away like a cabin or a hogan
in dense trees, come knocking,
and I will answer, give you directions,
and let you warm yourself by this fire,
rest by this fire, and make you feel safe,

I love you,

It's all I have to give,
and it's all anyone needs to live,
and to go on living inside,
when the world outside
no longer cares if you live or die;

I love you.

Comments about I Am Offering This Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • Gold Star - 9,403 Points Charity Nduhiu (8/27/2015 7:56:00 AM)

    Thank you your offer is wonderful I like it. Sweet to read (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 8,074 Points Dr. A.celestine Raj Manohar Md (11/1/2014 3:45:00 PM)

    words straight from the heart clear and not minced. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/1/2014 3:11:00 AM)

    A nice poem and vow for every body nice (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 288 Points Valentin Savin (11/1/2013 1:31:00 PM)

    Thanks, Santiago. A very nice poem. It is as if you wrote it for myself. You've really given that much to me. I feel so much to owe and I'll keep your warm coat. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,153 Points Anil Kumar Panda (11/1/2013 12:47:00 PM)

    straight from heart its a nice poem on love.liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 877 Points marvin brato (11/1/2013 11:20:00 AM)

    Me too, I offer my care by loving you! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 171 Points Alistair Graham (11/1/2013 4:28:00 AM)

    I offer you my love

    After Jimmy Santiago Baca

    Remember it is cold

    it is dog eat god

    solidarity is scorned

    life is lived for money

    some would eat their young

    sell their souls

    it’s every man for himself

    the offering, remember
    is inside (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,000 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/5/2012 7:39:00 AM)

    What a wonderful gift, something which is not wrapped but something that is a product of an open heart and mind. Thanks for your poem which is your gift to your beloved and your gift to life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Greg Dennison (11/3/2012 11:08:00 PM)

    Hey Jimmy, awesome poem man! You are truly talented. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Koketso Nassy (11/1/2012 8:20:00 AM)

    I will keep this peom somewhere safe; it is a treasure for my heart when the times are set to be hard and i shiver in the cold, when hunger gnawsme and I can't live the way i want. I love it. This is good, way too good. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 246 Points Macharia Kanyari (4/26/2012 11:05:00 PM)

    Very strong message, clear and exprtly crafted language. This poem certainly deserves to be hear. Nice one Mr. Jimmy (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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