20 of Rupi Kaur’s Best Poems

Rupi Kaur Top 20 Poems

What do we want? Rupi Kaur poems! When do we want them? Now, please.

Rupi Kaur is known as one of the OG #instapoets. Everyone knows her name, even people who don’t follow her. But, she is still the same poet who found her squad on Instagram (we are still very much a member of that squad). In the world today, her bold, honest, and powerful messages are as important as ever.

Even though we see her poems are all over the internet, they still pack a punch. Some are like the emotional version of a hammer to the gut. And, sometimes, you just need a bit of that in your life.

We’ve collected 20 of our favorite Rupi Kaur poems. There are a few from both of her books (it was hard to narrow it down – we could have kept going). Each one inspires, empowers, and speaks to us.

Our favorites from Milk and Honey

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🌘🌗🌕🌓🌒 page 63 from #milkandhoney

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⚖️ #milkandhoney

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😛 page 61 #milkandhoney

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page 127 from #milkandhoney

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Our favorites from The Sun and Her Flowers

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🌱 page 186 from #thesunandherflowers

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in the midst of so many suicides that have taken place this year— i feel terrified. sometimes i myself feel so trapped in the dark it feels like the only way out is to end it all. i know that’s not the answer. i’m lucky that the other part of my mind— the one that feels like it still belongs to me. the part fighting the darkness wins and i find the motivation to walk out into the sun and try another day. 🌸 depression has its phases. this sickness is more difficult to understand & comprehend than any other experience i’ve had. 🌸 when you hear the news & you see musicians artists and folks you deeply admire take their own life — it leaves me speechless. i always feel 2 things: 1) if they with all their knowledge support & access to resources couldn't beat this thing- how the hell will i? & my next thought is — 2) we will get through this. we have to. i message my loved ones who are suffering from depression & other mental illness & tell them that we are in this lonely battle TOGETHER 🌸 today i feel broken but i feel hopeful. & i’m sharing these details because it breaks me how some of you feel so alone you want to leave. i don’t want any of you to feel stuck at the first feeling that i mentioned above. i do not want you all to think that depression is an end & that there’s no way out. that’s the sickness talking. IT IS NOT YOU. when you feel low & find it difficult to reach out because your mind says “no one cares or understands” or “i’m bothering folks” THAT IS THE SICKNESS TALKING. pick up the phone. call up your loved ones. we’re not going to get through this battle alone. it takes a village. we have to keep trying until we find solutions that work for us. (strict routine. drawing. exercise work for me) we as a society have the power to make things better or worse. even when it comes to this sickness. we have to hold ourselves accountable for how we treat people. how we have dialogue in public & private spaces & ask ourselves: could i have been kinder? & more supportive? & then be kinder. be more supportive. sending all my light to those who’ve lost loved ones to this disease 🌸 i love you. i love us. i love the potential of humanity.

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remindyourself 💅🏽 #thesunandherflowers

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byeeee 🙋🏽‍♀️ #thesunandherflowers

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🌱🌿🌱🌿🌱 page 215 #thesunandherflowers

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👭👭👭 page 228 from #thesunandherflowers

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Those are our top 20! We really could have kept going (let us know if you want us to.) What are some of your favorite Kaur poems? What would your top 10 or 20 list look like? Make sure to share your faves on Instagram with the LI squad.