14 Influential Poems From 'Milk And Honey'

14 Influential Poems From 'Milk And Honey'

Do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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There is a common problem in school systems today that is rarely spoken about in the media. Students are pushed to read literary novels too soon or are given a heaping amount of reading material for the summer. In turn, children learn to associate reading with something they “have to do” not something they want to do. I despise reading so much that I have become a professional skimmer (it is a talent). Don’t get me wrong, I have been influenced and felt connected to books throughout my life. I loved Catcher in the Rye so much that I went out and bought Franny and Zooey. Do you think I finished that? Nope. I was pretty damn close to the end, though. It isn’t like I have spent my entire life glued to the television and never find joy in immersing myself in a book. It’s just that I find myself to be the girl who never finishes anything (books, at least)—I'm basically the evil doctor in Jimmy Neutron. I eventually became banned from buying any reading material because they inevitably turn into dust collectors.

Then, I was introduced to "Milk and Honey." After going through a massive change in my life, a friend of mine suggested I buy the book of poems written by Rupi Kaur. With no questions asked, I found my way clicking "check out" on Amazon within minutes. I am one that expresses emotion in extremes, and the only mechanisms that help me through are writing, drawing and pretty things. Clearly, I have a spending problem—if you haven’t figured that out yet. I like to pride myself on being a self-taught retail therapist. These activities calm my mind and help to make sense of all of the chaos. Reading was NEVER something that felt peaceful for me. Rather, it made me antsy. Then I opened up the first page of Rupi Kaur’s book of wonder and was instantly hooked. Reading through "Milk and Honey" was as if I was reading about myself. Kaur is able to write about her personal experience in such a fantastical manner. Her style is unlike anything I have ever seen before. Almost every page had a drawing, a way in which the author expressed her emotions. As I read, the more I wanted to keep going. I had a new epiphany page after page. I sat in the same spot reading each line of text three times over. If "Milk and Honey" can impact my life, I assure you: it will change yours, too.

Here are a few of my favorite lines from the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing.

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Do you ever feel that you aren't appreciated enough? Don't worry, you're clearly a work of art, and these fools just cannot understand.



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My entire life I grew up learning how to "kill people with kindness." This poem puts my mother's wise words in such an elegant and simple manner. It is much easier to be kind and lead your life with compassion than it is to be cruel. These seven words sum that up perfectly.



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I'm someone who is small but makes an entrance. Due to my loud voice, everyone notices when I walk into the room. Now, this isn't a conscious act. I do this without knowing. Commanding attention is a part of my personality. I bet many "innocent" and "tiny" girls like me feel the same.



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After going through a few tough times in my life, like everyone in this world does, I grew into a stronger human being. We weren't put on this earth to handle anything we weren't meant to. Kaur exemplifies this in her poem above.


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Being someone who tends to react in extremes, I can relate to this wholeheartedly. Notice I said react rather than act. I REALLY don't have a great ability to stop and think.


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My whole life I felt it was hard to express myself without offending or bothering others. Then I thought to myself "F**k it, I'm awesome. I'm made this way for a reason." My internal voice has just as much of a potty mouth as I do (honestly, even worse). Kaur does a great job at making readers feel comfortable in their skin. I even made this poem my phone background.


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After all of the shitty events that go on in our world, this quote does a great job at making sense of it all. There is always a way and a reason to persevere and keep going.



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This is the story of my life. The easy way out is clearly not human nature. Why do we always thirst for the chase?



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After living through a few years of college and being on the outskirts of partying and hook-ups, this is something that hits home for me. It isn't that hard to do the right thing, yet, so many struggle with doing so.



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We're all made different for a reason. It's vital to appreciate our differences rather than tear them down. We need to stop and value the little things that we otherwise would ignore.



11.

Nothing else matters than love and family. There are many people I have met throughout my life that are primarily focused on money and success. Being wealthy does not make a rich life and monetary means cannot buyout loneliness.



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Stop looking for other people to make you whole. Don't look around the corner for someone else. YOU are around the corner. We have to love ourselves first which is something that most of humanity seems to struggle with. We're stuck with ourselves for the rest of our lives, no one else.



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Maybe if everyone read this book, we'd have world peace.



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After always searching for something "more," I have come to realize that my relationships in life are blooming as a result of who I am. Confidence and self-love are vital to lead a happy and healthy life. Putting too much credit on others can only prove to be detrimental. Something to remember: People keep coming back as a result of the way YOU made them feel.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Don't Forget About Self-Love

It's been a long winter, don't forget to put yourself first.

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For most people, spring break still isn't for another few weeks and let's be honest - it's very needed at this point. January felt like five months just by itself and it feels like winter has been going on for years. So amidst midterms, jobs, events, and everything else going on remember that sometimes you need to put yourself first.

It doesn't help anyone for you to be constantly busy and beating yourself up when one thing goes wrong. This especially doesn't help you. Everyone is feeling pressure from something, and no one is going to blame you for using some of your free time to get yourself back on track. You're much more useful when you're cup is full than when you're completely drained from trying to do everything at all times.

In college, we learn to be people-pleasers whether we want to or not. You want to impress your professor, your boss, and even your friends. You want everyone to think that you are having the most amazing time at all times. Sometimes a lot of negative feelings come up when you can't be doing something for everyone and then you feel liked you've failed.

This pressure is especially true for graduating seniors. We're all so focused on what's next and how we can maximize all our time left that we forget to take care of ourselves. We take on every project we can to prove we can do it. We try to hang out with everyone we know because we may never see them again after graduation. We constantly worry that we're just running out of time to do everything. Sometimes we forget that if we burn ourselves out now, we're not going to be able to do much later.

While the solution isn't to just give up and become a hermit, we need to realize that sometimes the best thing to do is to take a step back. If you have thirty different projects going on ask for help on some of them. Collaborating is much easier than drowning in endless work. If you have free time and you've been busy all week take a night off instead of committing to seeing every friend you have. Self-breaks are sometimes the best breaks.

In the end, remember that you're not alone by any means when it comes to anything you're feeling and sometimes it just takes getting away to get better.

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