Faith Christine Lai


No Woman Is A Country

There are many lies that men tell
their lovers before they go to war

There are many men who
have treated me like a conquest,
thinking they could love me into
submission with their rifles, roses
stuffed down the barrels

Hold your fire, gentlemen!
I surrender

my body: a desert of white flags,
blood, broken hearts
streaming blue guts

Look at the ground, gentlemen!
It has not rained for months in here.

It is easy for men to die for their country,
but it is not so easy for them to love it.

If you find my picture in his uniform,
just burn it.



Faith Christine Lai
is a 2nd year undergraduate studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. Her work has been published in various journals and anthologies including QLRS, SingPoWriMo, and This Is Not A Safety Barrier