Sharing Strength: Knock Knock

Performer and writer, Daniel Beaty

Performer and writer, Daniel Beaty


This spoken poem, “Knock Knock”, by Daniel Beaty will move you. I hope you watch it before you read any further. It’s not long.  In fact it is so engaging, you may want to watch it again.

It moves me each time I see it. Today I shared it with my teenage daughter. We both welled up as we watched the brilliance of Daniel Beaty on the screen, felt the pain of his experience, and shared in answering that pain.

Afterwards I asked myself, “Why does this touch you so? What possible experience do you have that begins to approach what Mr Beaty expresses here? Very quickly, it hit me. Daniel Beaty’s experience is mine. Maybe it is yours too. This is powerful because it is personal. It is all of us. Everyone has pain. And that pain includes times people we have needed so very much have let us down. Times we have wanted something so much from someone, but they have been unwilling or unable to give it to us. Times when we have ached and wondered if it was our fault. We have blamed ourselves. We have asked questions and blamed others. Unanswered heartache so often having nothing to do with us. And we, have no power to repair.

But the beauty in Knock Knock is that Daniel Beaty answers his own door. Eases his own pain. Repairs the heartache. He rises up out of the hurt inflicted by his father to circle around and make it all right. He is strong. He is powerful. He is love.

Thank you, Daniel Beaty for showing the way. For lighting up the darkness in your own world and sharing that light with us all.


*Gratitude to Kelly Gallagher for sharing this Spoken Poem with LAUSD educators at ESC, South last month.



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Principal at the School at the north end of Los Angeles Harbor where AWESOME happens. Working to make the world a little more wonder-full.
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21 Responses to Sharing Strength: Knock Knock

  1. dashthebook says:

    Thank you for asking the question – “Wy does it resonate with you so”? It pains me to realize that I will / have caused this pain in others, but I accept that I am at my best, flawed and broken. The spoken word is powerful.

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  2. Lori Sheroan says:

    Thank you for sharing this powerful poem with us. I was touched by not only the poem but by your commentary as well.

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  3. Jaana says:

    This is powerful! This speaks to the story that is inside.These are the stories that shape us!

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  4. franmcveigh says:

    Simply amazing! And yes, the solution is within ourselves . . .

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  5. Lori says:

    Powerful. I have several children in my class without a father figure. I see their pain so often.

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  6. BSoltero says:

    All I can say is THANK YOU!!! Amazing!!!

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  7. Theresa says:

    Wow. I’m not even sure I know what to write except, I know I’ll be sharing this on my Facebook page later. Very powerful. It made me feel so sad for him to have a relationship with his father as a child, but then he didn’t have it through his adolescence and the rest of his life. I love the message that we can make our own lives through our own decisions. Thank you so very much for posting!

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  8. Sonja Schulz says:

    powerful. he answers his own door. May we all see our way to ease our pain and the pain of others in this life.

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  9. Erika Victor says:

    Wow! What a poem! It resonates with me because I always worry that I disappoint my own children and have not been all that I would want to be for them.

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  10. Thank you, thank you, Dayna! Somehow I’ve missed your blog, but not anymore. This was a wonderful door through which to enter your writing-world. Knock, knock.

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  11. Crystal says:

    I have seen this video multiple times and it touches me every single time. You’re right. I think we connect because we have all felt pain. By the way, did you know there’s a picture book rendition of the poem? It’s also excellent.

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  12. Mindi Rench says:

    “Everyone has pain. And that pain includes times people we have needed so very much have let us down. Times we have wanted something so much from someone, but they have been unwilling or unable to give it to us. ” It has taken me almost 40 years to come to terms with the fact that I will never be as important to my father as the children he has with his second wife. I’ve spent almost my whole life wishing for something that would never happen. Finally, I’ve let go of that and I focus on the positive things I have in my life. Thank you for sharing this. It hit me in the heart.

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    • daywells says:

      I’m so sorry. That kind of hurt is devastating. You rise. Pick yourself up, love YOU and make your life beautiful. It hit me in the heart too. (What a strong and beautiful way to say it!)


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