Poetry Month

April is poetry month and it was a happy accident that I was able to get a copy of Rupi Kaur’s “milk and honey” from the library.  I thought I would share some of her brilliance below and I highly suggest you pick up a copy of your own, her words and illustrations are amazing.

Below are some favorite poems from her book:

 

a daughter should

not have to

beg her father

for a relationship


every revolution

starts and ends

with his lips


i do not want to have you

to fill the empty parts of me

i want to be full on my own

i want to be so complete

i could light a whole city

and then

i want to have you

cause the two of us combined

could set it on fire


you might not have been my first love

but you were the love that made

all the other loves

irrelevant


i didn’t leave because

i stopped loving you

i left because the longer

i stayed the less

i loved myself


love is not cruel

we are cruel

love is not a game

we have made a game

out of love


there is a different between

someone telling you

they love you and

them actually

loving you


to be

soft

is

to be

powerful


i want to apologize to all the women

i have called pretty

before i’ve called them intelligent or brave

i am sorry i made it sound as though

something as simple as what you’re born with

is the most you have to be proud of when your

spirit has crushed mountains

from now on i will say things like

you are resilient or you are extraordinary

not because i don’t think you’re pretty

but because you are so much more than that


most importantly love

like it’s the only thing you know how

at the end of the day all this

means nothing

this page

where you’re sitting

your degree

your job

the money

nothing even matters

except love and human connection

who you loved

and how deeply you loved them

how you touched the people around you

and how much you gave them


all above poems from milk and honey by Rupi Kaur, 2014.

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