The Sun And Her Flowers | FULL BOOK REVIEW

Saturday, 3 February 2018


I finally got my hands on the sequel I've been dying to read.


For Christmas I was given The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur which I suppose you could say that it's the sequel to Milk and Honey which is probably one of my favourite books. 

Likewise to Milk and Honey, The Sun and Her Flowers is separated into different chapters which are essentially a journey though life. In this book there are five different chapters titled: wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming

I wanted to write this blog post to share some of my favourite poems with you and I thought I would choose one from each chapter.

wilting

you ask
if we can still be friends
i explain how a honey bee
does not dream of kissing
the mouth of a flower
and then settle for its leaves


falling

let it go
let it leave
let it happen
nothing
in this world
was promised or
belonged to you anyway

-all you own is yourself


rooting

my god
is not waiting inside a church
or sitting above the temple's steps
my god
is the refugee's breath as she's running
is living in the starving child's belly
is the heartbeat of the protest
my god
does not rest between pages
written by holy men
my god
lives between the sweaty thighs
of women' bodies sold for money
was last seen washing the homeless man's feet
my god
is not as unreachable as 
they'd like you to think
my god is beating inside us infinitely


rising

they should feel like home
a place that grounds your life
where you go to take the day off

-the one


blooming


have your eyes ever fallen upon a beast like me
i have the spine of a mulberry tree
the neck of a sunflower
sometimes i am the desert
at times the rain forest
but always the wild
my belly brims over the waistband of my pants
each strand of hair frizzing out like a lifetime
it took a long time to become
such a sweet rebellion
back then i refused to water my roots
till i realised
if i am the only one
who can be the wilderness
then let me be the wilderness 
the tree trunk cannot become the branch
the jungle cannot become the garden
so why should i

-it is so full here in myself


I think out of the two books, I prefered Milk & Honey but I think it's because that was probably the first poetry book I've read - apart from the ones we use to read in English at school. Both books moved me though and I loved that, both books are such a powerful read that it almost refreshing. Ever since I read Milk & Honey, I've found myself reading more and more poetry books. I find that poems have more of an affect on me than just your regular books do. 

The Sun and Her Flowers seems a lot more optimistic compared to Milk & Honey and I guess you could say that's shown with their front covers. Milk & Honey with a black cover and Milk & Honey seemed to be a much darker read but was still beautifully written and captivating much like The Sun Her Flowers. 

2 comments:

  1. I do want to read this one and milk and honey but (1.) I feel like I'm trying to be edgy if I buy it because it's sold everywhere like Urban Outfitters and (2.) I want to like poetry but I just can't so I don't know if it'll be a waste of money buying them...

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    1. I really enjoyed both these books and recommended milk and honey to my sister and boyfriend and they both thought the book was really good! Maybe you could just pop into Urban Outfitters and have a quick browse of the book to see if you like it enough to buy it? Haha x

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