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15 Elevating Excerpts From Milk and Honey And Why Every Woman Should Own a Copy!

Rupi Kaur is a #1 new york times bestselling author and illustrator. In 2014, Milk and honey – the internationally acclaimed collection sold over a million copies gracing the new york times best sellers list every week for over a year!

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. And takes you through a myriad of emotions.

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On Hurting


every time you
tell your daughter
you yell at her
out of love
you teach her to confuse
anger with kindness
which seems like a good idea
till she grows up to
trust men who hurt her
cause they look so much
like you


the idea that we are
so capable of love
but still choose to be toxic


when my mother opens her mouth
to have a conversation at dinner
my father shoves the word hush
between her lips and tells her to
never speak with her mouth full
this is how women in my family
learned to live their mouths closed

On Loving


when my mother was pregnant
with her second child i was four
i pointed at her swollen belly confused at how
my mother had gotten so big in such little time
my father scooped me in his tree trunk arms and
said the closest thing to god on this earth
is a woman’s body it’s where life comes from
and to have a grown man tell me something
so powerful at such young age
changed me to see the entire universe
rested at my mother’s feet


nothing is safer
than the sound of you
reading out loud to me
– the perfect date


i’d be lying if i said
you make me speechless
the truth is you make my
tongue so weak it forgets
what language to speak in


you might not have been my first love
but you were the love that made
all the other loves
irrelevant


i always
get myself
into this mess
i always let him
tell me i am beautiful
and half believe it
i always jump thinking
he will catch me
at the fall
i am hopelessly
a lover and
a dreamer and
that will be the
death of me

On Breaking


don’t mistake
salt for sugar
if he wants to
be with you
he will
it’s that simple


that’s the
thing about love
it marinates your lips
till the only word your
mouth remembers
is his name


neither of us is happy
but neither of us wants to leave
so we keep breaking one another
and calling it love


i don’t know why
i split myself open
for others knowing
sewing myself up
hurts this much
afterward


the way they
leave
tells you
everything

On Healing


the thing about writing is
i can’t tell if it’s healing
or destroying me


do not look for healing
at the feet of those
who broke you


the next time he
points out the
hair on your legs is
growing back remind
that boy your body
is not his home
he is a guest
warn him to
never outstep
his welcome again


some people
are so bitter

to them
you must be kindest


give to those
who have nothing
to give to you

– seva (selfless service)


 

 

Her next book – The Sun And Her Flowers is the long-awaited second collection of poetry It will be released on October 3rd, 2017.

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