This is probably the first time we’ve written about poetry at The Men’s Network.
This link was shared with us by Mark Walsh at Brighton-based Integration Training and we love it so much we want to share it with as many people as possible.
It’s a powerful piece of Def Poetry by Daniel Beatty an award-winning actor, singer and writer who skillfully combines music, movement, and words.
What we love about this short poem – called ‘Knock Knock’ – is that it shares the heartache of a boy who loses the father he loves and mentors himself to manhood in a way that both honours himself and his father’s greatness – inspite of the mistakes his father made.
“Knock, knock for me, for as long as you are free, these prison gates can not contain my spirit, the best of me still lives in you. Knock, knock with the knowledge that you are my son, but you are not my choices…………”
As one reviewer said:
“Powerful for any boy who ever grew up to be a man without the strong hand of his father helping him learn how to knock, knock! I too missed out on learning how to shave, how to dribble, how to talk to the ladies and how to walk like a god from my papa—luckily my mom found lots of willing mentors and father figures who were able to be there for you some of the time.”