milk and honey

if you’ve read any of my other posts, you may have noticed that I always put a quote or poem at the end, just to sum things up nicely. A lot of my end blurbs come from Rupi Kaur and her book Milk and Honey. I thought I would write about it a little today, since it means so much to me.

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This book is so beautifully artistic. I had heard about it before (it’s extremely popular) but I only truly discovered Kaur’s work online, where she posts some of her poems publicly. I found her writing at just the right time in my life- I had never been more sad, and I had never felt more alone in the world. It really felt like she knew all the right things to say, and I knew I had to have her book. The next morning, I went to the book store instead of getting on the train for my morning commute to school. I just needed to hear the words, so I skipped my first class and sat in a coffee shop reading it. I finished it all in one sitting, not knowing what to do with myself afterwards. Every piece in Milk and Honey is so powerful, the messages are so clear and beautifully spoken in a direct, almost blunt way. She gave me everything I needed that day, I was forced to relive all the memories I had been trying not to think about, and I had to face the harsh realities of the things I was going through; but somehow I closed the book knowing that everything was going to be okay and that I was strong enough to do this.

Some of it stung, some of it made me sick, but all of it helped to heal me. Everything in it is so true for me and many others; I think that’s what makes her writing so special. Whether it’s abuse, feminism, heartbreak, love, or healing, Rupi Kaur speaks to everybody in such a beautifully simple way. I adore her and her writing, I find her story so inspirational.

Alicia

how is it so easy for you

to be kind to people he asked

milk and honey dripped

from my lips as i answered

cause people have not

been kind to me

– rupi kaur

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