The teenage years hold more beauty, adventure, heartbreak, and love than any other time in a person's life. Teenagers live the way young people should-carelessly and perhaps even foolishly. Walking us through an amalgam of emotion and experiences is young poet Karina Williams, open to sharing her truth.
Live, Laugh, Love Like a Teenager gives readers a look into what it means and how it feels to be young. Take a journey through the inner workings of teenagers' minds. Sometimes, they break and burn everything in their path; other times, they embrace the gift of life. Every experience, good or bad, leads to the eventual discovery of who they are.
Here, there is depression, heartbreak, and wanderlust--yet, there is also first love and exciting exploits. Smiles hide deep pain, but strong friendships sustain through even the most testing times. Growing from naïve innocence to skepticism, teens become adults, but first, they discover what it really is to live young, laugh often, and love recklessly.
Unspoken Behind those smiles are too many tears Tears that have been hiding for too many years Years that have been bad in too many ways Ways that keep changing for too many days Days that drag on for far too long Too long to hold back things too wrong Wrong feelings, wrong people, far too much Too much to hold back, too far to touch Those unreachable things, too many broken Broken all because of those words, too many Unspoken
We were born and raised in a beautiful place We learned and grew, at a steady pace Taught to love as we loved to learn that we only deserve the things we earn. As we grew older, we got wiser things made more sense, no need for an advisor. Then even later, we could look back "Those were the days, we used to do track." There were things that we did and people we met; Sometimes we got a little upset. Childhood memories, oh, they were good, but redoing anything... I never would.
A child's laugh, young and innocent High, ringing and full of youth Asking questions about the unknown world Without getting answers, there lies only a secret Behind that heart shaped smile
Preteen eyes, saying "catch me if you can" Running from the past, chasing the future Ready to take on time and challenge it to run out Not knowing that life waits for no one Until it's over
Karina Williams is a high school senior. She's been writing poetry for seven years and plans to attend a four-year university to earn a professional degree while continuing her writing career. She lives in Folsom, California, with her family. This is her first poetry collection.