[One of my favourite memories from April, 2016.]
A month after my fiancé, Diony, and I fell in love, he came over to my house. He arrived at 5 in the afternoon, and didn’t leave until midnight. We’d spent all night in bed, but we didn’t have sex, watch movies, eat, drink, or sleep.. All we did was talk. We talked about our childhood dreams, our upbringing, our life goals, our favourite music, and more. For seven long, blissful hours, it was just me and him, lost in a heart to heart.
This is one of my favourite memories because of its pure simplicity. Memories like this, and the soul-stirring emotions they create, are hard to put into words. Which is why I love this poem from Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers.
you must remember it too
how the rest of the city slept
while we sat awakened for the first time
we hadn’t touched yet
but we managed to travel in and out
of each other with our words
our limbs dizzying with enough electricity
to form half a sun
we drank nothing that night
but i was intoxicated
i went home and thought
are we soul mates
Poetry has a way of articulating what we feel in our hearts but don’t always know how to express. They make art out of our life experiences, and find beauty in the mundane. Poetry romanticises little miracles we experience on any given day – whether it’s related to love, loss, heartbreak, purpose, or finding yourself.
I am currently in the process of grieving and processing my emotions after what has been a very tough week. For days, I was in denial and shock as I did what I could to avoid the pain and heaviness in my heart. Today, feeling in much need of self-care and inspiration, I took myself out on a brunch date at a local cafe – taking with me my entire poetry collection (so far). And I’m excited to share with you my favourite poetry books that have stirred my soul and won my heart.