12 Poems That Will Make You Read Rupi Kaur's 'Milk And Honey' Immediately

12 Poems That Will Make You Read Rupi Kaur's 'Milk And Honey' Immediately

Or make you reread it again and again!

Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" is by far the most inspirational book of poetry I have read. Her writing is exquisite and every thought and idea she attempts to portray is depicted perfectly. Her book is divided into four different parts- the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing- and each chapter heals another heartache from each section of life. I have followed her on social media for quite sometime and the writing she would share (along with the drawings she adds) always stunned me and I looked for more of her writing everywhere. Finally milk and honey came out in the U.S late 2015 and I couldn't keep my eyes off the pages for a second. Kaur's words have helped me immensely throughout the past year and I imagine they will continue too. This is the book I recommend to everyone, so here are a few examples of her amazing writing abilities and some of my favorites.

the hurting:

1. Page 19

2. Page 29

"trying to convince myself

i am allowed

to take up space

is like writing with

my left hand

when i was born

to use my right

- the idea of shrinking is hereditary"

3. Page 23

the loving:

4. Page 51

5. Page 53

"nothing is safer

than the sound of you

reading out loud to me

-the perfect date"

6. Page 59

the breaking:

7. Page 95

8. Page 137

"i am water

soft enough

to offer life

tough enough

to drown it away"

9. Page 109

the healing:

10. Page 165

11.Page 173

" your body

is a museum

of natural disasters

can you grasp how

stunning that is"

12. Page 179

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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22 Thoughts I, A Mental Health Advocate, Had Watching '13 Reasons Why' Season 2

Where is the redemption?

Last year, all anyone could talk about for a few weeks was "13 Reasons Why." When it first came out, I binge-watched the show in my bed, crying... crying because this happens in real life.

"13 Reasons Why" was supposed to be one season long, ending in the death of Hannah Baker by suicide. It was supposed to show the world a glimpse of mental illness. However, it focused more on what happened to Hannah externally rather than internally. It is a combination of factors that lead to someone's decision to die by suicide.

When I first heard that a second season was coming out, I was appalled. I ended up watching it because I was curious as to how it would be carried out — would there be justice for Hannah or Jessica or anyone else harmed?

After watching the second season, I can say that I am not pleased with how it was carried out and I am extremely displeased with the ending.

The entire season, I waited. Now, I feel as if I am still waiting.

1. How is the fact that Bryce only received a 3 month probation for multiple rapes supposed to encourage sexual assault survivors to speak out?

It is going to make them feel like, despite what they say, the crime simply is not bad enough. Rapists deserve years behind bars; they deserve to suffer.

2. It also seems as if it is being portrayed that being in a relationship means you need to have sex with that person, whether you are in the mood to or not.

You are not someone's toy to play with whenever they are horny.

3. Is now really a good time to televise a planned school shooting?

After all of the school shootings that have happened this year alone?

4. I am glad that Alex became comfortable enough to show his scars.

He is a survivor and should not be ashamed of it any longer.

5. It is good that they brought to light that men also get sexually assaulted, but did they need to do it in such a graphic manner?

This is an EXTREMELY brutal scene that can severely trigger a survivor.

6. Shout out to Clay for caring about Tyler and trying to protect him, but someone needs to tell the police.

He may have been stopped this time, but what about the next time?

7. Why exactly are they leaving it on a cliffhanger for another season?


8. I like how Hannah's mom is moving to New York in honor of her daughter.

It can be a fresh start for her while also honoring Hannah.

9. They try to throw another obstacle into the show, teen pregnancy, without actually delving into it.

In what way is that helpful?

10. The storyline behind Hannah and Zach was actually well thought-out and good.

Zach was a minor character in season 1, but season 2 showed that he is a good person on the inside. Also, there was the fact that Zach helped Alex with physical therapy.

11. The show showed through Skye that it is OK and beneficial to go to treatment and to get help. Kudos.

12. Why can ghost Hannah provide accurate answers to Clay and have conversation with him that they did not have when she was alive?

13. They mentioned Hannah's depression so casually in the show, it should have played a much bigger part.

It was a much bigger part of her death.

14. Marcus deserves so much worse.

He lied on the stand. He deserves persecution.

15. The polaroids just do not seem to play into the show smoothly at all.

They are a bad knock-off of the tapes, basically.

16. Hannah's verdict is unfair and unjust.

There is not one contributing factor to a person's suicide, but the school played a major, major part.

17. It is endearing how the Jensen family decided to Justin.

They are not a perfect family, but they have pure hearts.

18. I liked how Mrs. Jensen changed law firms from the firm who was against Hannah to the firm who defended Hannah.

19. Watching Hannah go to the light (aka go to Heaven) was a pleasant part of this season, considering many churches see suicide as a crime.

20. Hannah had a list of reasons not to die.

No matter how many reasons there are to die, there are more reasons to not. I promise. I promise. I promise. I promise.

21. I think they could have done a better job of bringing to light that addiction is a mental disease.

22. They better not bring Seth back into this to mess with or harm Justin.

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