My review for Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

4 stars

What an incredible read. Milk and Honey started off really dark and made me feel a lot of different emotions but I left it feeling very beautiful and that it was okay to be me despite my imperfections. Great read about trauma, love, loss & femininity.

Here are a quite a few poems from Milk and Honey that really stuck with me.

1.”how is it so easy for you to be kind to people he asked

milk and honey dripped from my lips as i answered

cause people have not been kind to me”


2. “she was a rose in the hands of those who had no intention of keeping her”


3. “every time you tell 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 – to fathers with daughters”


4. “the idea that we are so capable of love but still choose to be toxic”


5. “learning to shrink for a family who likes their daughters invisible was the second the art of being empty is simple believe them when they say you are nothing repeat it to yourself like a wish i am nothing i am nothing i am nothing so often the only reason you know you’re still alive is from the heaving of your chest” – the art of being empty


6. “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”


7. “i need someone who knows struggle as well as i do someone willing to hold my feet in their lap on days it is too difficult to stand the type of person who gives exactly what i need before i even know i need it the type of lover who hears me even when i do not speak is the type of understanding i demand” – the type of lover i need


8. “he only whispers i love you as he slips his hands down the waistband of your pants this is where you must understand the difference between want and need you may want that boy but you certainty don’t need him”


9. “i didn’t leave because i stopped loving you i left because the longer i stayed the less i loved myself”


10. “i don’t know what living a balanced life feels like when i am sad i don’t cry i pour when i am happy i don’t smile i glow when i am angry i don’t yell i burn the good thing about feeling in extremes is when i love i give them wings but perhaps that isn’t such a good thing cause they always tend to leave and you should see me when my heart is broken i don’t grieve i shatter”


11. “you were not wrong for leaving you were wrong for coming back and thinking you could have me when it was convenient and leave when it was not”


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


13. “asking them why they did it. why they forced you to love them when they forced you to love them when they had no intention loving you back and they’ll say something along the lines of i just had to try. i had to give it a chance. it was you after all. but that isn’t romantic. it isn’t sweet. the idea that the moment they sense fear. they are already halfway out the nerve to let you go with grace. as if they human heart means that little to them.


14. “they way they leaves tells you everything”


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


16. “perhaps the saddest of all are those who live waiting for someone they’re not sure exists

– 7 billion people” 


17. “it takes grace to remain kind in cruel situations”


18. ” there is a difference between someone telling you they love you and them actually loving you”


19. “sometimes the apology never comes when it is wanted and when it comes it is neither wanted nor needed.” – you are too late


20. “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 never outstep his welcome again”


21. “to be soft is to be powerful”


22. “you have to stop searching for why at some point you have to leave it alone”


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