Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

All I Need Is a Friend This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.


More by this author
Books fill up my room.
Not baseball cards,
or pictures of girls,
or basketballs.
Maybe a blown up picture of …
… Pam Anderson might help.

Black-framed glasses
and a white,
pale,
lanky
body.
I should start working out.

At least I can read.
I read four books a day last summer.
The librarian,
80-year-old Mrs. Woodsworth,
she knows my middle name.
If only I had a real friend.
I am sick of seeing her old,
bony,
pale body.
Although it resembles mine.

The kids at school laugh.
Is it the way I dress?
Lacoste,
Ralph Lauren,
La Tigre.
I’ve tried every designer out there.
Staying in the house really saves me money.
My stupid rich parents give me $50 a week for lunch.
$50 times 36 weeks …
what is that?
$1,000,
$2,000,
$10,000?
I should probably know.
Straight A’s 12 years in a row
and counting.

With all of this,
or none of this –
it depends how you look at it –
all I need is a friend.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the February 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




Join the Discussion


This article has 1443 comments. Post your own!

pratsjb said...
Jul. 9, 2012 at 3:01 am:

It's really good. It forces on to think.

I'd like to share my poem . please Give your feedabcks

TeenInk.com/poetry/all/article/476819/Maybe-It-Never-Ends/

 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
16russos This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm:
That's powerful....I think that really speeks to teens and  how most of s feel from day to day life. Nice work!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
alexxarr said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm:
Not bad! Good emotion is shown
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
realbeautifulheart said...
Jun. 7, 2012 at 12:19 am:
This might just be my favorite poem EVER...
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
emmasue1798 said...
Jun. 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm:
I love this poem. And I like my school because it's so tiny and no one is like alone.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Koralinya said...
May 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm:
Wow. I think you just described me. It's amazing how it hit home. I agree with the others who say to keep writing, so please, keep writing!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Kgirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm:
This is a really amazing poem!  I definitely sympathize with the speaker.  You're really good.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Johnny K. said...
May 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm:

I can feel what you are really saying and when I read it, it is touchy.

Nice piece of writing.

The lonliness have been described and have been explored nicely

Keep on writing ^^

 

 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
CrystalAngelDol said...
May 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm:
very nice, it kind of resembles me too, btw do ur parents really give u 50 a week?!?
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
katinthehat said...
May 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm:
werd up! really good job! keep writing.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
pagan.daughter.911This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
May 11, 2012 at 11:30 am:
i love this, please continue writing
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Grace R. said...
May 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm:
I like this, it shows your emotion and really captures how many teens feel. Perfection in my eyes :)
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
curlygurlray said...
May 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm:
i liked it. it captures the mind of a true teenager(: good job
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
curlygurlray said...
May 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm:
i liked it. it captures the mind of a true teenager(: good job
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
kaidro said...
May 7, 2012 at 10:42 am:

This poem was very well done! I like how it talks about how he just wants a friend. I noticed something in your poem, there was one rhyme...

The ryhme was know and row. I also noticed that since both words were at the end of the sentence it is also a consonance.

 

I like this poem a lot!!

:) Awsome job!! :)

 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
caylajoan said...
May 3, 2012 at 9:05 am:
i thought this poem was really well written. It was creative and makes me think that thats actually what you were thinking when you wrote it, word for word, thought for thought. keep on writing, i really love your work.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Bailey98 said...
May 2, 2012 at 7:55 am:
I really enjoyed this powerful poem. The rhythm of the poem made it flow, and i also really liked the figurative language mentioned throughout the story.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
calmoo said...
May 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm:
I like how you made your poem more than a sonnet because the length made people understand your poem more. I like your cliches. I also like how you put this poem on here because a lot of other people feel that way too. You have written an excellent poem.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Maileece_Johnson said...
Apr. 27, 2012 at 11:29 am:
Amazing work.. i know exactly how you feel. I think that it is wonderful that you had the guts to put this on here great job :)
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
DoraNguyen said...
Apr. 27, 2012 at 9:44 am:
really like this peom. HOw brave that you would write this out.(:
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Site Feedback