It takes monsters to steal souls and fighters to reclaim them. This home [my body] is what I came into this world with. It was the first home. It will be the last home. You can’t take it.
I found Rupi Kaur recently and I’m loving her. She illustrates, writes and performs spoken word poetry dealing with the themes of femininity, trauma and violence, love and loss, and recovery and the body. She is just 24 years old, but her words have the wisdom of much more lived experience. The art of her poetry gives the power to her work.
Please note that her 2016 Tedx Talk which is the subject of the rest of this post, does come with a trigger warning due to descriptions of sexual violence. I do not go into any details of Kaur’s descriptions of that violence here.
Titled, “I’m Taking my Body Back,” Kaur’s Tedx talk is a work that weaves narrative and poetry together. In it, she speaks of writing as a gutteral response to trauma and the means through which she reclaimed her body as home after trauma left her ‘homeless in her body’. She speaks of healing her wounded child parts, as well as older violated parts of herself. Homelessness in the body can occur as a result of many different kinds of traumas, including medical illnesses, and not only sexual violence.
If you’re not too triggered near the beginning of Kaur’s work which is where most of the more explicit description of sexual violence occurs, watching the entire 18 minutes is like going on a journey and is cathartic. There’s an alchemy that happens when it’s watched and listened to from beginning to end. But the talk can be separated into distinct different parts, each of which is also utterly worthwhile also on its own.
The truth comes after years of rain but truth when it comes, it comes like the sun through the open window. It takes a long time to get here but it all comes full circle.
You can watch Rupi Kaur’s Tedx Talk here.
May you know you are not alone on your journey home to you.