Poem of the Day: the sun and her flowers (excerpt) by Rupi Kaur

April is National Poetry Month! This is the first year I’m celebrating National Poetry Month in my classroom. Each day I’m sharing the poems my students and I read, along with prompts and resources.

I was first introduced to Rupi Kaur’s work in 2016 when a student won a class competition and the prize was a book of their choice. The student selected milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. Before giving the student the book, I was flipping through it and saw that it was verse poetry. I decided to read as much as I could before the student had class. I ended up reading the entire book. I found Rupi Kaur’s words and self drawn images to be powerful, timely, and important.

I have not yet read the sun and her flowers but it is on my TBR list.

A handful of students read one of her books at some point each year and find personal connections. I thought this sample could be a good introduction to her work and a change of pace from “THE RULES” by Jason Reynolds the past two days.

The poem above is an image, so you’re unable to annotate directly on the poem. If you’d like to share thoughts / observations / notes, do so here:

Respond to one of the following prompts about Rupi Kaur’s poem from the sun and her flowers.

  • How does the poem connect to you / your life? Why? How?
  • What do the images do for the poem? Why? Would the meaning change if they were not included?
  • What do you notice about the poem? Explain the importance of these noticings. 

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