Oh WOW!!! My husband has been sneaky again!! The good kind of sneaky. He just presented me with the most awesome piece of slam-poetry, as sent to him by none other, then THE fabulous, wonderful, adorable and super-duper talented author… Colleen Hoover.
Something she, and well… “Will” wrote for me.
I was all… NO BUTTERFLYING WAY!!!!
I AM FLOORED. I have never been so happy to be Slammed!!!
I…. there are no words, Colleen. I swear it, I can’t even believe this. I’m so touched and… WOW. Do you even know how HUGE this is?
I just had to share it with you guys. Here it is:
“Next up, Will Cooper,” the emcee says.
I lean over to Lake and give her a quick kiss before heading to the stage. She grazes the side of my face with her fingers and smiles at me. “Do her justice, Husband,” she says.
I take the stage and walk into the spotlight, staring out over the vast crowd in front of me. My stomach tenses when it sinks in just how much bigger this venue is than Club N9NE. I’ve never performed in front of such a large crowd before. The audience is well deserved, though. They’re all here for her-for Maryse.
I grip the microphone with both hands and position it to where it feels more comfortable. It’s been a while since I’ve slammed. I feel a little bit more nervous than usual. I haven’t done one since the night I performed, “Because of you,” for Lake. That was the night I almost lost her just as fast as I had won her back. I have her now, though…and I’m never letting go again. That’s for damn sure.
I roll my shoulders to ease my tension, then I find Maryse in the crowd. I focus my gaze on her and give her a quick wink before I begin. “I borrowed this title from one of my older poems. It was an emergency. My piece is called, ‘Because of you.’”
My greatest passion is Slamming
It’s butterflying Damning
Intense, heart wrenching, immense
It’s bemazing…it’s soul-grabbing
It’s something so many would have never known
If through your blog, you would have never shown
A newfound love if even for a few
Slamming was introduced to so many…
because of you.
Because of your passion, your commitment, your work
Unselfishly spreading love for the written word
Bringing readers everything from ‘Christian’ to ‘Tohr’
From Sempre to Slammed and Lover Reborn
You shared our stories that you held so dear
Reached so many people with your laughter and tears
Spread our stories through your heartfelt reviews
People know us…
because of you.
The authors…they create us, make us their own
Breathe life into us until we’ve developed a soul
But without you to share us with all those you know
Our stories would likely have never been told
So this passion you have for sharing your thoughts?
Never give up. Never stop.
You’re butterflying bemazing and you butterflying rock!
It’s because of you, Maryse,
That we’ll never be stopped
In the famous words of Colleen Hoover… “Oh. My. Freaking. Word.”
Colleen. I will cherish this forever.