“it is a blessing

to be the color of earth

do you know how often

flowers confuse me for home”

Following the massive success of “milk and honey” (released in the year 2014), the India-born Canadian author and illustrator Rupi Kaur had difficulties in starting the next collection of poetry for months, as nothing she wrote met her expectations. Nevertheless, this second collection of her poems was released in 2017 by Simon & Schuster.

the sun and her flowers” has featured in the top ten of New York Times’ best sellers’ list and has already sold a million copies worldwide.

In this book as well, Rupi has written exclusively in lowercase with only period for punctuation. The illustrations done by her in this book underline her sincerity for her work.

The book is light-colored, coarse-textured with a drawing of leaves and flowers on the front and the back cover.

This collection of poems is divided into 5 chapters, each reflecting a different theme while being tied with the eponymous floral theme. Like in her previous book, each part follows the previous smoothly, and eloquently expresses the intended emotions.

wilting is about the hardships of a breakup, and the sorrow and disparity that follow.

i stuffed a towel at the foot of every door

leave i told the air

i have no use for you

i drew every curtain in the house

go i told the light

no one is coming in 

and no one is going out

falling canvasses everything that affects our self-belief and makes us doubt our self-worth, including depression, sexual assault, conforming to beauty standards etc.

i hear a thousand kind words about me

and it makes no difference

yet i hear one insult

and confidence shatters

Rupi Kaur's tribute to her mother

In rooting, Rupi exclusively talks about her family, her mother and her lessons, immigrants and their struggles in a foreign land.

when it came to listening 

my mother taught me silence

if you are drowning their voices with yours

how will you hear them she asked

 

when it came to speaking

she said do it with commitment

every word you say

is your own responsibility

 

when it came to being

she said be tender and tough at once

you need to be vulnerable to live fully

but rough enough to survive it all

 

when it came to choosing

she asked me to be thankful

for the choices i had that

she never had the privilege of making

rising is about love and relationships, and signifies that the emotion of love is necessary for everyone to grow.

god must have kneaded you and i

from the same dough

rolled us out as one on the baking sheet

must have suddenly realized

how unfair it was

to put that much magic in one person

and sadly split that dough in two

how else is it that

when i look in the mirror

i am looking at  you

when you breathe

my own lungs fill with air

that we just met but we

have known each other our whole lives

if we were not made as one to begin with

Self-love, being comfortable in one’s own skin and feminism are talked about in blooming.

i stand

on the sacrifices

of a million women before me

thinking

what can i do

to make this mountain taller 

so the women after me

can see farther

The collection is purposefully and articulately organized.

Rupi Kaur's message for women

A message that stands out is that for anyone to rise and bloom after falling and wilting, one must root firmly first; and that it a natural process, as natural as the blooming of a flower.

Rupi is a conjurer as the resonant imagery of her simple words force the readers to reflect and introspect.

Rupi Kaur's poem about depression

Her ability to address a broad spectrum of human emotions and experiences by her poems is exemplary.

Her poised and down-to-earth writing oozes inspiration and hope.

However, her work is not everyone’s cup of tea, which, to a large extent, is because of her writing style and her command of the free verse. Those who connect with her style of writing will find this collection as appealing as the previous one.

Ameya Rating: 3.5/5

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