Gill Scott-Heron (1949-2011), American jazz poet, spoken-word poet, muscian and author
Gill Scott-Heron (1949-2011), American jazz poet, spoken-word poet, musician and author

“All I really want to say
Is that the problems come and go
But the sunshine seems to stay . . . “


Editor’s Note: It’s interesting to see what Heron does with his personal experience an observation as a man who was raised by women.  I like that there’s nothing of the victim mentality in this piece. I like the way he talks of dealing with life as it is. I appreciate that he points out that single-parent homes are not always the result of abandonment but are often made so due to parents who were lost in war or in jobs as police officers, firefighters or pilots. / J.D.


“Women folk raised me and I was full grown before I knew I was raised in a broken home.”

Header photograph/Heron at the WOMARD festival in Bristol England, 1988 by Robman94 under CC BY SA 2.0 license.

One thought on ““Broken Homes,” Single Moms, A Remarkable Son

  1. I very much enjoyed that video. I appreciate that his focus was on the positive, not the negative; that “They focused on what we had, not didn’t have”. And that the women made him a man. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us.

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