June “Lunatic of the Month” ~ Stephen Colbert

Lorna Colbert

You have to love a man who loves his mother. Political satirist and wildly popular television host Stephen Colbert broke character in the aftermath of his mother’s death to pay a moving tribute to her. Because the courage, grit, humility and sincerity this superstar brought to this moment, Poets & Lunatics has made Stephen Colbert June’s Lunatic of the Month.


Colbert’s words speak for themselves. I add here, as a prelude, only a portion of the poem “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman, which captures the essence of the soul-bond between mothers and sons:

I wish I could translate the hints about the dead young men and women,

And the hints about old men and mothers, and the offspring taken soon out of their laps.

What do you think has become of the young and old men?

And what do you think has become of the women and children?

They are alive and well somewhere; The smallest sprout shows there is really no death;

And if ever there was, it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it,

And ceas’d the moment life appear’d.

All goes onward and outward—nothing collapses;

And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.

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I am the poet of the woman the same as the man;

And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man;

And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of men.


Click the Image to Watch the Tribute (below):

About Wendy Murray

Wendy Murray is a veteran and award-winning journalist. She served as associate editor and Senior Writer at Christianity Today magazine and has written extensively for other publications such as Books & Culture and The Christian Century. She has written 11 books.

  • Puchinpappy

    Good choice Wendy. It is not often that we see performers drop the mask. This was real, moving and a wonderful tribute to a woman he truly loved.

    • Wendy Murray

      Thanks for reading and for posting. It is beautiful see this kind of thing in such an otherwise cynical age.