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;
remember,

I love you.


Comments about I Am Offering This Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/28/2019 3:53:00 AM)

    I am offering this poem to you,

    I love you,

    It's all I have to give,
    and it's all anyone needs to live, ............/// excellently written the I LOVE YOU in this offering poem
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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/23/2019 1:02:00 AM)

    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.

    great work
    and I love too
    great 10+++++++++++++++++
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  • Elizabeth Siros (6/20/2018 6:54:00 PM)

    I love you... Beautifully put.. Well said (Report)Reply

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  • Mrs. Baca (5/30/2018 12:37:00 PM)

    Love you too, sweetheart. (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (3/17/2018 2:29:00 PM)

    A very beautiful romantic poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Michelle Hobman (1/4/2018 6:59:00 PM)

    Cannot stand the computer voice it spoils this poem completely - (Report)Reply

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  • Resh Kav (6/23/2017 7:32:00 PM)

    a poem can do any thing. nice poem (Report)Reply

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  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (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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  • Marieta Maglas (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

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (12/7/2016 10:30:00 AM)

    In the wilderness life becomes.
    Congrats on modern POTD.
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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/7/2016 5:45:00 AM)

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

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  • Bharati NayakBharati 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

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard 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

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  • Shabnta ShahShabnta 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
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  • Indira RenganathanIndira 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
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/6/2016 11:53:00 AM)

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Valentin SavinValentin 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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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