Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur is someone I look up to very much. She is only one year younger than me and grew up in the same city as I did. At 21 years old she self published her debut poetry book, Milk and Honey Since it was released it has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date. It also spent more than a year on the New York Times Best Seller List.

we are all born
so beautiful

the greatest tradegy is
being convinced that we are not

Rupi Kaur was born in Punjab India and came to Canada when she was only four years old. Her book is divided into four parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. How to define it? An immigrant woman trying to survive her first heartbreak and finding self-love in the process all while trying to find a way to make her parents proud and understand where she belongs in the world.

trying to convince myself
i am allowed
to take up space
is like writing with
my left hand
when i was born
to use my right

-the idea of shrinking is hereditary

I first picked up Milk and Honey in 2016. I probably read the whole thing in less than a week. I was transfixed. I hadn't read poetry that moved me so much in all my life. Almost everything she spoke about I didn't just understand, I felt it in my bones. I cried reading her words that were so raw and vulnerable. I got shivers listening to her recount experiences of love and pain. I rejoiced when I felt her stand back up again after having fallen apart. I felt warm inside after reading the loving words she wrote to all the women that picked up her book.

how you love yourself is
how you teach others
to love you

This book made me feel heard. Growing up as a woman in this world we are taught not to talk about a lot of things. Finally, some brave young woman decided that she would no longer be quiet. And she did it in the most beautiful way. She owned her power in every page of this book.

i am water

soft enough
to offer life
tough enough
to drown it away

It's an absolutely necessary read for all women. Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy.

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