Excerpts from ‘Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur’s poetry book, “Milk and Honey” touches a chord deep within its readers. Here are a few excerpts we relish.

By Jenny Dsouza ~

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The “Milk and Honey” book by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry and prose talking about survival in diverse situations. This book is a glimpse of Kaur’s initial writings and has been the New York Times Bestseller for 52 consecutive weeks.

In this book, Kaur pens down grim realities of life, from broken families, gender inequality to heartbreaks, and towards the end, fills you with words of wisdom on overcoming the lessons learned. “Milk and Honey” is a journey that uncovers the monoclinic truth of violence, abuse, love, loss, femininity, and yet strengthens the readers to find sweetness in such bitter situations (only if you are willing to look beyond).

“Milk and Honey” poetry book is split into four chapters – the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. The first chapter, ‘the hurting’ begins with the nerve-racking realities of sexual assault and household issues, while the next chapter, ‘the loving’ uplifts the readers feeling with the existence of love. It talks about realizing the tenderness and building the bond of love. Further, this anthology unravels through verses penned with heartbreaks in ‘the breaking.’ Lastly, Rupi sums up by empowering every woman to embrace the beauty within the chaos.

About the author

Rupi Kaur is an Indian Canadian poet known for writing strong powerful content with utmost honesty. She has a unique style of writing, inspired by the Gurumukhi script (Punjabi), and hence prefers writing in lower cases & only periods, as a way of honoring her culture. Further, she also adds self-drawn illustrations for readers to resonate with her poems. Her poems cover a wide range of topics including feminism, self-love and, romance.

Her poems are simple, honest, easy to understand and come with no filter. Her fearless poetry on challenging taboos has won the hearts of millions but has also accused her of negative controversies.

We find her poems quite inspiring, powerful as they leave room for reflection. If you also love Rupi Kaur books just like us, then please feel free to show some love to the Queen of instapoetry by sharing a kind comment on her social media handle.

So, to unleash this amazing travel route, here are a few “Milk and Honey” snippets in 9 different verses from Rupi Kaur Instagram posts.

We all love compliments; they make us feel good and confident about ourselves. But have you ever noticed; we primarily give compliments on looks. We say things like you are pretty, you look beautiful, and so on.

There is nothing wrong with such compliments but each one of us is so much more. Here Rupi Kaur talks about being more thoughtful for magnifying our compliments on other aspects as well, especially those that are not visible.

We all wish to have someone to love us and accept us the way we are. We do not want a companion to complete us, rather we want them to be with us and together illuminate the world.

Many of us do not speak up because we were silenced at some point. Our voice is our greatest strength. Let’s uplift each other to strengthen our voices!


It is often so that the most broken people have the kindest hearts because they know what it feels like to be on the other side.

Many will discourage and try to put you down, but you have the power to decide whether to take those words personally or motivate yourself to move ahead.


Here is another verse from Rupi Kaur’s “Milk and Honey” poems as she writes down her soul and pieces of her life, the ones she’d rather keep hidden and forgotten.

Remember, it is only after dark nights can you experience the sunlight.


It is difficult when someone dear leaves us, but it is even more difficult to let them back in your life when you have already moved on.


Everyone has their own story. There are wrinkles, struggles, heartbreaks, scars, and a lot more. There is an identity that only you know and experiences that exist in your world. Here the author talks about those unforgettable experiences that no book can ever give justice to.

We recommend Milk and Honey to anyone that needs more strength and healing. It is a book that takes you to wander places and connects you from within. These were our favorites from the book, but all her other poems are applause-worthy. If you too liked these poems, you surely want to read others.

To purchase a copy, visit Amazon or the Rupi Kaur website for more information.

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