Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur


milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.


Genre: Poetry – Feminism

Page count: 204

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

„if you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise”

I am not a fan of poetry in general, but I do know when to appreciate art when I see it. Art is beauty, art is suffering. True art tells a story from within a soul. And milk and honey by Rupi Kaur tells this tormented story of this beautiful soul.

„i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut”

I was touched with an invisible hand on my soul. I re-read these poems. And I always feel the need to re-read some of the words that Rupi Kaur put so carefully on paper. I admit, sometimes I am sensitive like that, even though I have never experienced an emotional situation that profound in my life. The important thing is to feel the connection. And through these simple but meaningful words, I do feel it.

„for you to see beauty here
does not mean
there is beauty in me
it means there is beauty rooted
so deep within you
you can’t help but
see it everywhere”

Her words are powerful. She inspires, even though maybe she doesn’t feel like it from the very beginning. I look up to women that have this level of determination in order to make me feel determined by their simple words and actions. Rupi Kaur’s words inspire generations of young women to aim to their inner power and beauty. Everyone can caress a beautiful inner self. When we believe in the beauty from within, our ’carcass’ becomes beautiful too.

„the world gives you so much pain and here you are making gold out of it 
– there is nothing purer than that”

Feel good about yourself! Be who you need to be! Don’t let the world dictate you how to look and how to be, just be your own person. Be the person you want to be proud of and don’t give a damn about what others want to see. Do not live by other’s expectations, but only by your own standards – this is what our poet seems to say in and between the lines of her poems. And those ideas should become one’s mantra in life because they are pure self-health.

„your body is a museum of natural disasters can you grasp how stunning that is”

This collection of poems is so deeply honest. It says the words so many of us thought of, but never spoke. You can feel every single drop of feeling that ever ran through the veins and pens of the poet. Yet, not just a poet, but a human being. A woman.

„stay strong through your pain
grow flowers from it
you have helped me 
grow flowers out of mine so
bloom beautifully
bloom softly
however you need
just bloom”

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