During the challenge, we have already visited some Indian Poets, haiku masters, my favourite poet, even Metallica. Today, we indulge in the work of one who has actually become famous in our times, although amidst a lot of criticism. Her book has reached bestseller lists (previously unheard of in poetry, atleast by me) which I attribute to her type of poetry which is mainly Spoken Word and the power of social media(primarily Instagram). Here is Rupi Kaur.

he says
i am sorry i am not an easy
person to want
i look at him surprised
who said i want easy
i don’t crave easy
i crave goddamn difficult

– Rupi Kaur, Milk & Honey

Here is my inspired poetry. I had intended to make some sketches like her on the side by gave up before giving it a try and used some free ones from pixabay instead.

our hurts we carry
carry with us through the years
in our heads
on our backs
as burdens
but it is ‘our’ burdens
we have nurtured them carefully
with each hurt
our hate our burden our sense of the other person’s wrong
and our sense of being wronged
has become our identity
that even when the other changes
the circumstances change
we can’t see
we won’t see
we choose to remain caged instead
                                        – holding on to pride is more important than freedom

you were nice
o so sweet
you were like a safety net into which i could fall
but, when the time came to choose
i thought nets are restrictive
o so boring
i craved for difficult
my heart screamed for a challenge
(what influences of my life made my heart so?)
adventure is juicier than comfort
and i chose
and by not choosing you
i thought there shall be more of life
and you
you were left as a might have been nice regret
a hazy possibility recalled when everything falls apart
that someone else savoured


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23 thoughts on “K for Rupi Kaur #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo

  • April 13, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Someone once told me learning to forgive has nothing to do with what other people have done to you. It’s all about healing yourself.

  • April 12, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Letting go and moving on is not easy but it is for our good only. Been there, done that. You have summed it up very well, Namratha.

    • April 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      Nirvana indeed! Thank you for reading and your kind comment Kalpana

  • April 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Even I write the kind of poetry that is more like the spoken word. And I write simple sentences. I loved the one about carrying hurt for so long that it becomes a part of our identity and later we refuse to let go of it even when circumstances change. And I liked the one about rejecting one who loves us because we crave for a challenge. I am not clear about the ending. Are you saying that finally there comes a day when everything falls apart and we then remember the value of the person we rejected?

    • April 12, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Yes you got it Jai.. We tend to question our choices only on those days when everything falls apart.. that was my intention at the end..

  • April 12, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Nice poem. We should let go of our hurt. We must move on. But it is so difficult. Pain seems to linger on. One stab, and old wound reopens.

    • April 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      I have recently discovered that letting go of that hurt is more beneficial to us and our emotional health

  • April 12, 2019 at 11:44 am

    You write such brilliant pieces so effortlessly. Love reading them all.

    • April 12, 2019 at 11:57 am

      Thank you so much Rashi for reading

    • April 12, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Have you read ‘the sun and her flowers’?

  • April 12, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I have not read Milk and Honey yet but I love reading and trying my hands on poetry, Your piece of poetry is outstanding, I loved reading it.

    • April 12, 2019 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks Priyanka. Glad you loved it

  • April 12, 2019 at 10:57 am

    You took it to the next level, Namy. Wonderful poetry.

  • April 12, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Amazing! What a perfect description of hurt.Thought provoking!

  • April 12, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I had read Rupi Kaur for the first time two years ago. One of my erstwhile flatmates had recommended Milk and Honey to me. I found her quite interesting and no doubt, she inspired a lot of people to take up poetry. Your piece has outshined her in this case. Also the sketch really tugs at the heart

    • April 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks Meena. Will pop over later today

  • April 12, 2019 at 1:44 am

    I though you were difficult
    I took you as a challenge
    You turned out a hurricane
    Engulfing me on your way
    To the havoc that you created
    And I went along thinking
    You will stop any moment
    Until I realised you had no plans
    To stop your carnage
    And I was but, one more victim.

    • April 12, 2019 at 10:52 am

      Good going Akanksha. * applause *


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