When you’re feeling broken and worthless, read this poem—and then read it again.
I’ve followed (and Instagram stalked) Rupi Kaur’s work for quite a long time. She is not only a wickedly talented wordsmith but an absolutely riveting performer.
It’s almost like you can see the words dancing all around her. In this video, like magic, she moves them from the page to her mouth, and using her graceful hands, they fall on our hearts. (Spoken word is an art form I truly admire, if you can’t tell!)
Her words hit home for me on so many levels (and I’m sure they will for you as well). This line, this line is everything:
“When she is tired of falling apart for a man that
doesn’t give back what he takes she will
recognize me in your eyelids staring at her with pity
and it’ll hit her.”
It’s paradoxically sad, empowering, and sexy; it’s how I truly feel on some days, and how I wish to feel on others.
It’s pretty savage, and maybe even a tiny bit petty. But I think, especially on the days when we feel like sh*t about ourselves, it’s important to know that someone, somewhere—the one who broke us—will always have us imprinted on their eyelids. They won’t be able to forget you; they won’t be able to outrun what they did.
And, even if it’s just for a moment, it’s okay to find some solace in that. It’s okay to feel like you mattered enough to burn your name into their legacy because you, my darling, are fire.