The book is divided 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.
milk and honey is exactly what poetry should be; it’s pain that has been grasped with both hands and meticulously melded into something beautiful.
And what can be more beautiful than knowing you’re not alone? What can be more beautiful than someone reaching out to you, taking you by the hand and whispering you that you’re not alone in your heartache? The experiences and emotions Rupi Kaur writes of are universal, but are still often endured alone by an individual. milk and honey, however, shows us that we don’t have to suffer in silence and shame
Rupi addresses her readers directly through this poignant yet stunning collection of poetry. The poems, ranging from two lines to two pages, span an array of human emotion and issues. They address love, loss, trauma. abuse, healing and femininity. I found myself not just reading but consuming her simple yet hard hitting words, placing sticky notes on countless pages because I knew, in one of those moments of sorrow that inevitably strike us down in the dead of night, I would want to look back to those words and know that I’m not alone in my feelings.
Rupi Kaur doesn’t seek to trivialize the pain we have experienced and will, undoubtedly, experience again. She simply seeks to bridge the emotional gulf existing between us all, to encourage us to speak openly about our pain. Only by voicing our feelings and listening to those of others can we begin the healing process so many of us need to desperately begin. In a love letter from Rupi to us, her readers, she thanks us for making it to the end of the journey that is milk and honey, saying that she would be nowhere and nothing were it not for us. milk and honey was a personal journey for Rupi, the spilling of words onto paper acting as a form of release and healing and by reading her book, we have all aided in that healing. Isn’t that something wonderful? Isn’t that something we should all be able to do? To speak and be heard without fear of judgment or ridicule.
More than half the poems encased within the simple yet striking cover of milk and honey can be classed as my favorite. However, the one below is the one I wanted to share because I think it’s something we all need to remember.
if you were born with
the weakness to fall
you were born with
the strength to rise
Rupi Kaur, milk and honey (page 156)
The message I took from milk and honey is that there is strength to be found in pain. Regardless of all the pain and heartache, we are still here. We are still fighting. We are all worthy of love and happiness and no amount of suffering can diminish that.
Song: Ivan Torrent’s Glimmer of Hope
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