Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

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.


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

the first boy that kissed me

held my shoulders down

like the handlebars of

the first bicycle

he ever rode

i was five

he had the smell of

starvation on his lips

which he picked up from

his father feasting on his mother at 4 a.m.

he was the first boy

to teach me my body was

for giving to those that wanted that i should feel anything

less than whole

and my god

did i feel as empty

as his mother at 4:25 a.m.

it is your blood in my veins

tell me how i’m

supposed to forget

the therapist places

the doll in front of you

it is the size of girls

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

i’ve had sex she said

but i don’t know

what making love

feels like

if i knew what

safety looked like

i would have spent less time falling into

arms that were not

sex takes the consent of two

if one person is lying there not doing anything cause they are not ready

or not in the mood

or simply don’t want to

yet the other is having sex

with their body it’s not love it is rape

the idea that we are

so capable of love

but still choose

to be toxic

there is no bigger illusion in the world than the idea that a woman will bring dishonor into a home

if she tries to keep her heart and her body safe

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