Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Jimmy Santiago Baca Poems

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
21. Meditations On The South Valley, Part Xxiii 1/2/2012
22. Old Woman 1/3/2003
23. Oppression 1/3/2003
24. Sanctuary 1/2/2012
25. Ten 1/2/2012
26. The Blackbird 1/3/2003
27. The County Jail 1/2/2012
28. The Day Brushes It's Curtains Aside 1/3/2003
29. There Are Black 1/2/2012
30. This Day 1/2/2012
31. Tire Shop 10/11/2011
32. To My Own Self 1/3/2003
33. Too Much Of A Good Thing 1/2/2012
34. V 1/2/2012
35. What Is Broken Is What God Blesses 1/2/2012
36. When Life 1/3/2003
37. Who Understands Me But Me 1/3/2003
38. Yesterday 1/2/2012
Best Poem of Jimmy Santiago Baca

I Am Offering This Poem

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 ...

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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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