Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

I Am Offering This Poem - Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

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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.


Comments about I Am Offering This Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • (12/7/2016 6:23:00 PM)


    This is a treasure of great humanity, what gold or diamonds cannot give, the human heart rewards a thousand times more. A wonderful poem of the day, deserved to be in the top 100 (Report) Reply

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  • (12/7/2016 2:02:00 PM)


    A poem being the last gift which is given to a lover, a poem having the refrain, ''I love you, '' when love is the remedy for being cold, for feeling hungry, for beauty, for mature thinking, for feeling safe, and for living inside.I voted 10. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2016 10:30:00 AM)


    In the wilderness life becomes.
    Congrats on modern POTD.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/7/2016 5:45:00 AM)

    Belly in the winter
    Anyone needs to live! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (12/7/2016 2:27:00 AM)


    Wow- - -A love poem of such beauty and tenderness- - , a reassurance that his love will be there in all thick and thins - - - - A wonderful write, thanks for sharing.- - - - - To quote a few lines- -

    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.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/7/2016 2:19:00 AM)


    This piece reminds me of the song I LOVE YOU popularized by CELINE DION...... (Report) Reply

  • Shabnta Shah (12/7/2016 2:08:00 AM)


    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,

    wisely written, thank you for sharing this poem with us
    (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (12/7/2016 12:58:00 AM)


    when the world outside
    no longer cares if you live or die;
    remember,

    I love you......like this assurance.....good to read
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (12/7/2016 12:36:00 AM)


    Thanks for this poem. It is accepted as a fine poem of love.+++10

    Robert
    (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/6/2016 11:53:00 AM)

    Excellent Gift
    Nothing can be better gift than this, I liked it..10++++ (Report) Reply

  • Charity Nduhiu (8/27/2015 7:56:00 AM)


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

  • Dr John Celes (11/1/2014 3:45:00 PM)


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

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/1/2014 3:11:00 AM)


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

  • 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

  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/1/2013 12:47:00 PM)


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

  • (11/1/2013 11:20:00 AM)


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

  • (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

  • (11/3/2012 11:08:00 PM)


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

  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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