Monday, May 9, 2016

"milk and honey" by rupi kaur

For those of you who don't know, "milk and honey" by rupi kaur is a book of poetry about the love and loss and pain that we humans feel.
If you read my blog, you probably know I have had a lot of that in the last couple of years. Things have just been kind-of crazy. So, one of my friends handed me this book and said, "Read it."
It was clear that I was going to read it (or else) so I did. And it was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It touched me so much, and inspired/helped me so much--to feel validated and united with other people who go through or have gone through such similar experiences-- that I want to share with you a number of poems that particularly stuck out to me from this book. I am going to quote them in an order which has personal, significant (chronological) relevance to me.

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

pg. 59

love will come
and when love comes
love will hold you
love will call your name
and you will melt
sometimes though
love will hurt you but
love will never mean to
love will play no games
cause love knows life
has been hard enough already

pg. 60

he placed his hands
on my mind
before reaching
for my waist
my hips
or my lips
he didn't call me
beautiful first
he called me

-how he touches me

pg. 54
what am i to you he asks
i put my hands in his lap
and whisper you
are every hope
i've ever had
in human form

 pg. 49

i want your hands
to hold
not my hands
your lips
to kiss
not my lips
but other places

pg. 73

your name is
the strongest
positive and negative
connotation in any language
it either lights me up or
leaves me aching for days

pg. 67

Well here are some, not even the best or the most impactful. I chose so many, I couldn't narrow it down enough, but with 50 bookmarks or so in this book, and not all the time in the world, I just gave the book back to my friend before I just kept it forever. Alas, these are only a tiny few of the amazing, thoughtful experiences of poetry that were found in this book. 5 stars: would recommend!

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