Curing My Venom

Curing My Venom

by Aisha Munir, Fatima Munir

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Does rising mean
that I won't ever fail
that I'll always win
and everyone else will follow my trail?

No, my love
it means you will fall
but even through your plunge
you'll learn to stand tall.

It means you'll smile
after every loss
because you are courageous
and you have mountains to cross.

It means you'll swim
through the deepest waves
you'll fly through those winds
and you'll knock down those caves.

It means you will break
and you'll shatter apart
but you won't give up
because of who you are.

It means you will cry
and bend to your knees
and you will trip
as soon as you reach the highest peaks.

It means you'll be hurt
and no one will help you rise
you'll watch your dreams
crumble in front of your eyes.
It means that you are human
and you aren't made of steel
it means you'll be wounded
and no one will help you heal.

It means that you'll be all alone
and the world won't come for help
it means that you'll have to rise
all by yourself.

It means you'll have mud
and dirt all over your skin
it means lowering your head
and watching someone else win.

It means
my love
you will try
again, and again
and you will fail
but you won't ever stop
you've already won
because you've refused to give up.

-Meaning of being a winner

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161205068
Publisher: Aisha Munir
Publication date: 03/08/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

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Curing My Venom 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Thebookdevourer 3 months ago
I am not a reader of poetry but this appealed to me. I was not disappointed as I related to the entire book and in my career (mental health), this is important. Sometimes we need this sort of release. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sharon_Arundel 3 months ago
This is a wonderful collection of poems that focuses on grief. I can’t pick a favouite poem in this book as they are all written to such a high standard. Even if you are not particularly fond of poetry, I’d suggest giving this book a try. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
LiamXavier 4 months ago
Aisha Munir (known as A.Munir) is a talented writer, and the vocabulary and emotion displayed in ‘Curing My Venom’ is powerful, let down only by a few forced rhymes and the irrelevancy of ‘Denial’. As a quick summation of the book then: Curing My Venom is structured along the 5 stages of Grief. I get the feeling when reading, that the grief she speaks of is not a typical death, but more the death of a friendship or a relationship. I like this twist around because I do believe – while not to the same extent – losing a friendship or relationship is unfathomably painful sometimes. There is a genuine feeling that whatever happened between Munir and this person stole a part of her, and we are reading a culmination of her thoughts leading to her eventual catharsis. As I said, the vocabulary used and the way certain emotions interact with each other has the ability to strike a strong chord within the heart. Anger is arguably my favourite chapter because there is more of a truth there than in the others. The words and the structure of the Poetry – or at times Prose – builds and builds like Anger does to a climax that either scrunches our fists or flattens us into sadness as good poetry should. The illustrations, drawn by Fatima Munir, are astonishingly beautiful. Each image interacts with A.Munir’s words perfectly and the delicacy of each one is quite stunning. I often wonder how a book works or doesn’t work with illustrations, but Curing My Venom is undoubtedly helped by these works of art. My main fault with the book, and perhaps this is my own pedanticism, is with certain rhymes that feel as if they exist only to rhyme. Sometimes when writing poetry we get stuck on one particular word, a particular ‘darling’ and rather than sacrificing it we reach for a rhyming word to match it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work and I feel, only at a few points, that this is present in Curing My Venom which just momentarily severs the flow. On top of this, and I can’t quite figure out if I’m right when saying this, is that the first chapter named ‘Denial’ doesn’t feel terribly relevant to the poems included in it. This is a real shame because the poems do work and are good, but I found myself reading the pomes more than worse trying to understand why they constituted a ‘Denial’ categorisation. As I say, I may not be right and I think poetry is often open to interpretation, but Denial was just the only chapter that left me a little confused. In conclusion, Curing My Venom is more than worth a read, with some truly relatable moments of literary feeling and I do implore you all to form your own ideas once you’ve read this. But for me, there were a few points of rhyming and structure that lower it’s impact just a little.