milk and honey

Recently, I was gifted milk and honey , a collection of poetry by rupi kaur. I was not aware of what to expect with this collection. What I found pleasantly surprised and empowered me.

The collection follows four stages of her life: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. In each stage we are offered a selection of poems that tells us rapi’s story. We learn of the events in her life that tore her apart. We learn her struggles and pain and sorrow.

But we also learn her growth. We learn how she heals through the grief and blooms into something powerful and dangerous as a result. She tells us her story. And we can expand because of it.

I have selected three poems which I particularly loved to give you an idea of what to expect from this collection:

“i am water

soft enough
to offer life
tough enough
to drown it away  (137)

“you tell me
i am not like most girls
and learn to kiss me with your eyes closed
something about the phrase – something about
how i have to be unlike the women
i call sisters in order to be wanted
makes me want to spit your tongue out
like i am supposed to be proud you picked me
as if i should be relieved you think
i am better than them  (164)

“my heartbeat quickens at
the thought of birthing poems
which is why i will never stop
opening myself up to conceive them
the lovemaking
to the words
is so erotic
i am either in love
or in lust with
the writing
or both (200)

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