For you, from Will Cooper

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While I was writing my review of This Girl, Colleen posted on her blog a slam from Will to honor a fan on her birthday. I must admit that I kind of envy her because now she has an awesome slam with her name on it and written by my top best book boyfriend. But at the same time, I’m terribly thankful for being able to read more from him.

It’s really wonderful how words can cut so deep and provocke so many emotions. I admire that.

So here I am, sharing this awesome words. Enjoy!

An ode to Kaci.

From Will.

I write and perform poetry.Some might laugh at that.
Some only wish they had the courage to do it.
It’s a very private, intimate process—putting words and feelings down on paper.
It’s a much scarier thing to speak those words in front of strangers.
It’s absolutely
TERRIFYING
to speak those words in front of people I know.
People I love.
As an artist, I think it’s necessary to surround myself with people who are also artists.
Or at the very least, people who can appreciate that part of me.
Because it’s who I am.
It’s what I’m all about.
Whether you’re a musician,
a writer,
a painter,
a photographer
or a poet,
the need to be understood by at least one other person is vital to the passion.
To know that the words or the art you create make another person feel even a
 fraction
of what you felt while creating it is what drives the passion for creativity.
It’s not the praise that an artist craves.
It’s the understanding.
The appreciation.
The connection.
The first night I introduced that side of myself to Layken, I could see the appreciation in her eyes.
The respect.
The fascination.
When that first tear fell from her eyes as she watched the very first performance on the stage, I felt it.
I felt her.
As little as I knew her in that moment, that one tear was testament to everything I had been missing in my life up to that point.
Someone I could connect with.
Someone who would understand me.
 Someone who could grab my hand and take a step back and look at the world and see it how I saw it.
In words.
I didn’t want someone who looked at a tree and just saw a tree.
I wanted someone who looked at a tree and saw a seed and rain and dirt and the story of how that seed became that tree.
I didn’t want someone who looked at a child and saw a child.
I wanted someone who looked at a child and saw a young woman and a young man and a first kiss and a love story that blossomed into a family.
I didn’t want someone who looked at an old church and saw ruins.
I wanted someone who looked at an old church and saw the hands that built it, the weddings that took place in it, the loved ones whose lives were remembered in it, the prayers that were prayed in it.
I didn’t want someone who looked at a book and saw a cover.
I wanted someone who looked at a book…
and opened it…
and dove into it…
and went to the places written about inside it…
and became the characters within it.
I didn’t want someone who finished a book and closed it.
I wanted someone who finished a book and shared it.
I knew by looking at that one tear as it made the journey down Layken’s cheek…that I wasn’t just looking at a tear.
I was looking at someone who saw the world the same way I did.
In words.
Not everyone in my life will always understand my passion.
Not everyone will appreciate it, and that’s okay.  Love exists in many different forms and art is only one of them.
What I do know is that when I find someone who appreciates my passion…it’s important to thank them.
 It’s important to let them know that their passion for my words are what drives my own passion.
It’s more important to hold on to them.
If you’re one who sees the world in words, thank you.
It takes more than a painter,
a writer,
a musician,
a photographer
and a poet
to keep art alive.
It takes people like you who don’t just
close
the book.
You share it.

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