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I Don’t Grieve, I Shatter

Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet, feminist, activist, and spoken word poet. She is best known for her acclaimed debut book “Milk and Honey.” Each chapter in her book addresses a different pain, which revolves around themes of loss, violence, abuse, love, and femininity. Kaur’s poem explores the bitterness of feeling too much and the gravity with which each emotion weighs on her. 


i don’t know what living a balanced life feels like 

when i am sad 

i don’t cry i pour 

when i am happy 

i don’t smile i glow 

when i am angry 

i don’t yell i burn 

the good thing about feeling in extremes is  

when i love i give them wings 

but perhaps that isn’t  

such a good thing cause  

they always tend to leave  

and you should see me  

when my heart is broken 

i don’t grieve 

i shatter 

-Rupi Kaur 


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