the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

I didn't expect poetry to hit me as hard as it did. I didn't expect the tears, the laughter, the sharp intake of breath as I read. I didn't expected to crave more like the morning sun. With each turn of a page I wish there was a thousand more to follow. 

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the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur has filled me up a little bit. Putting thoughts to words better than I ever could. 

what is the greatest lesson a woman should learn

that since day one
she’s already had everything she needs within herself
it’s the world that convinced her she did not
— Rupi Kaur - the sun and her flowers pg 233

As with the her first book it is broken up into sections: wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. Each page is full and yet sometimes almost completely blank. There could be a few words, or dozens, or just a simple piece of art. It never takes you long to read the whole book, but it takes a long time for the words to fade from your heart.

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they convinced me
i only had a few good years left
before i was replaced by a girl younger than me
as though men yield power with age
but women grow into irrelevance
they can keep their lies
for i have just gotten started
i feel as though i just left the womb
my twenties are the warm-up
for what i’m really about to do
wait till you see me in my thirties
now that will be a proper introduction
to the nasty, wild, woman in me.
how can i leave before the party’s started
rehearsals begin at forty
i ripen with age
i do not come with an expiration date
and now
for the main event
curtains up at fifty
let’s begin the show
- timeless
— Rupi Kaur - the sun and her flowers pg 234

I don't know how to put to words some of the things I felt while reading. I love the way she talked about aging and self love. I love that she discussed her mother and father in such a unique way. A way that I hope to be able to write about mine, less anger and more compassion and sadness for how it worked how and what lead to that ending. Her small coverage on politics and immigration, is perfect and says what needs to be heard. 

There are so many quotes I could share with you, but honestly I just recommend you pick it up for yourself. 

What's your favorite poetry book?