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To The Womenfolk Who Raised Me…

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Obviously, I REALLY like this piece 😉

I want to make this a special tribute
To a family that contradicts the concepts
Heard the rules, but wouldn’t accept
And womenfolk raised me
And I was full-grown before I knew
I came from a broken home Sent to live with my grandma down south
When my uncles was leaving
And my grandfather had just left for heaven
They said and as every-ologist would certainly note
I had no strong male figure, right?
But Lily Scott was absolutely not your mail-order, room-service
Typecast, black grandmother
I was moved in with her
Temporarily, just until things were patched
Til this was patched and til that was patched–
Until I became at 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
The patch that held Lily Scott who held me and like them four
I become one more and I loved her from the absolute marrow of my bones
And we was holdin’ on;
I come from a broken home.
She had more than the five senses
She knew more than books could teach
And raised everyone she touched just a little bit higher
And all around her there was a natural sense
As though she sensed what the stars say, what the birds say
What the wind and and the clouds say
A sensual soul and self, that African sense
And she raised me like she raised four of her own
And I was hurt and scared and shocked when Lily Scott left
Suddenly one night
And they sent a limousine from heaven to take her to God,
If there is one,
So I knew she had gone
And I came from a broken home

– Gil Scott Heron “On Coming from a Broken Home Pt. 1”

Train a Child in the Way He Should Go…

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MotherhoodGreetings great people! So, I sort of took a week off from posting–honestly because I allowed my busy days to consume my time–but am back to sharing great inspiration.  This week I really want to celebrate mothers and motherhood, so enjoy! When I hear Gil Scott Heron say the words laid out below this line, I think of my favorite verse in Proverbs: “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not part from it…”

“My life has been guided by women and because of them, I am a man”.  – Gil Scott Heron, “On Coming From a Broken Home, pt. 2” (video links to On Coming From a Broken Home, parts 1 and 2, below)