Vibes of Vulnerability

Vibes of Vulnerability

by Elizabeth Challinor

To give off vibes of vulnerability

Is not a call for help or rescue

It is a sharing of our inevitable humanity

Our strength

Hidden in the scars of living

In a world constantly at war

To write

With open words

In search of a collective cure

A mad woman's delusion?

For sure!

I will never forget the man in Luanda who stood with his back to the altar in a crowded catholic mass, face rugged with destruction and confusion

Or the amputee who walked past my window every morning, shouting "maluco o quê? "You calling me crazy?"


I hold you both in my memory

Which I offer to you all

In this poem

As a call to stop all wars

Elizabeth Challinor