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;

I love you.

~~ Jimmy Santiago Baca ~~

11 responses to “I Am Offering This Poem

  1. Oh, my…. That IS beautiful…. and, wonderfully constructed as a poem, to boot. I’m going to look up the author, and will no doubt use this as well; it’s a perfect pearl/poem for the poetry section one day….

    Thanks; I only wish I had written it. It describes how I feel about a number of people, including a few I’ve met here on WP, including, of course, you….

    “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another is essential to your own.”– Robert A Heinlein

    So, it fits, for those whom I do love. I decided, a few months ago, to never miss a chance to tell those people how I feel about them…. At my age, I never know if I’ll get another chance to let them know… According to the definition, you are one I’ve loved for more than four years now…..

    That is not said to imply any obligation to return the expression or the feeling; nor is it pressure for any other sort of change in status…. It’s just how I feel, so, there it is…. a gift, all I have to give, as the poem relates….

    Thanks again; this helped me get past my morning ethical issue, as related in the intro today….


    Your friend,


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