“this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
in order to bloom”
“The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur was an interesting piece of poetry that would speak to a woman or man in the lower valleys of their lives. The book itself is broken up into 5 stages – wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. Each phase is meant to represent and celebrate love in all of its various forms. This collection of poetry is her second work, the first being “Milk and Honey”. After reading “Milk and Honey” and thoroughly enjoying it, I decided to give her other work a chance.
Personally, I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed each section for what it was – raw and real. It covered the ideas of love (its purpose in our lives) and finding a home (both metaphorical and literal). Metaphorically speaking, the writer prods the idea of trying to find a shelter inside of yourself after traumatic events like abuse and/or rape occur. She also dances around the notion of finding a home (a place of belonging) after being forced from the only home you’ve known and landing face first on foreign soil. The author touches on both of these ideas a lot throughout the book, using graphics as well as specifically placed words to illustrate deeper meanings.
Hurting and healing are common themes for Rupi Kaur in her works. Wilting, falling and rooting, were compositions about the hardships that people go through to adapt or survive or endure. Rising and blooming was a beautiful collection of work that rounds out the other sections perfectly. It breathes life and revived purpose back into the novel after the first few sections show how love (and other feelings) can eat away at a person’s inner self).
“The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur