Treasure Island

Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

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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 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;
remember,

I love you.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • 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

  • Alistair Graham (11/1/2013 4:28:00 AM)

    I offer you my love

    After Jimmy Santiago Baca



    Remember it is cold
    outside

    it is dog eat god
    outside

    solidarity is scorned
    outside

    life is lived for money
    outside

    some would eat their young
    outside

    sell their souls
    outside

    it’s every man for himself
    outside

    the offering, remember
    is inside (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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