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My love, we are not the first

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My love, we are not the first

To fall asleep together, hands

intertwined, waking up

with a line



We are not a war,

just two people in love.

We are not the first

nor last to know


from headlines.

My love,

we are nothing

in this crossfire. Trees

& rubble, hollow


on soil that is neither

mine nor yours.

~ Manahil Bandukwala


Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani writer and artist. She is the author of two chapbooks, Paper Doll (Anstruther Press, 2019), and Pipe Rose (battleaxe press, 2018). She was the 2019 winner of Room magazine's Emerging Writer Award. See her work at