Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Poems of Jimmy Santiago Baca

1. A Daily Joy to be Alive 1/3/2003
2. Ancestor 1/3/2003
3. As Children Know 1/2/2012
4. As Life Was Five 1/3/2003
5. Choices 1/3/2003
6. Cloudy Day 1/2/2012
7. Count-time 1/3/2003
8. El Gato 10/11/2011
9. From Violence to Peace 1/2/2012
10. Green Chile 1/3/2003
11. I Am Offering This Poem 1/3/2003
12. Immigrants in Our Own Land 1/2/2012
13. Into Death Bravely 1/2/2012
14. It would be neat if with the New Year 1/2/2012
15. IX. Part 6 1/2/2012
16. Like an Animal 1/3/2003
17. Listening to Jazz Now 1/2/2012
18. Llano Vaqueros 1/3/2003
19. Main Character 10/11/2011
20. Matanza to Welcome Spring 1/2/2012

As Life Was Five

Portate bien,
behave yourself you always said to me.
I behaved myself
when others were warm in winter
and I stood out in the cold.
I behaved myself when others had full plates
and I stared at them hungrily,
never speaking out of turn,
existing in a shell of good white behavior

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