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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,
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,
pale body.
Although it resembles mine.

The kids at school laugh.
Is it the way I dress?
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?
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.

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TheDarknessBehindThisPlasticSmile said...
Oct. 5, 2012 at 5:13 am
I absolutely love this poem. Excellent work.
GraphicWriter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm
This poem is really well constructed, I enjoyed reading it and unlike other poetry, you don't have to mull this one over in your mind, it speaks to your heart and you can fully understand the meaning. It's awesome. And it makes me want to be this person's friend. :)
unconsciousmind said...
Sept. 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm
I love this. So much.   Tay
Prehistoric-Fool said...
Sept. 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm
I can read this as either in either a bitter or a hopeful voice (or even a sort of tired one), but either way... Nice job(:
VeggieLoverForever said...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm
This is very good. Some people would say that you have it all, but your deeper then that and relize that a friend is really what you crave; not fortune, or intellegance, but people and companionship. Brilliant.
JLynn said...
Sept. 20, 2012 at 8:33 am
I really like this. It's great.
LinhLe said...
Sept. 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm
LOVE THIS!!! I really can see myself in there. Thank you so much!
Zeesrock said...
Sept. 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm
This is an amazing poem! And Ryan I don't think you'll ever find simply a friend YOU HAVE FOUND 1,277! ..make that 1,278!
Colichimarde said...
Sept. 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm
Many people go through this, and it is a harrowing experience. Especially if you go through it multiple times. But the really good thing about not being normal, and being away from everyone else is that there are other people who are too. And they are the ones worth waiting for:) Great poem
Taytay8511 replied...
Nov. 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm
this is so true and i give you props for going out there and doing that
simplyme13 said...
Sept. 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm
I really love the way you wrote this! I know how hard it can be to turn your emotions into words, but you did it beautifully! Please continue to write! And also, keep smiling :)
BVBchickie1224 said...
Sept. 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm
You really are a great poet! :) There's a lot of people who could relate to this. I know what it feels like when it seems you're all alone. Anyways I loved it! :) It'd be great if you could check out some of my poetry sometime. :) Great job and cya! ^-^
alexisdm61 said...
Aug. 31, 2012 at 10:58 am
I really like this poem. There have been times when I felt alone and all I needed was a friend. If this is true for you, keep your chin up and a smile on your face. Always smile. You never know whos falling in love with it.   :)
Basya44 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm
This is amazing- very relatable to fellow poets. I love the pale body comparison- very clever! The numbers add a very interesting twist. The poem is very persoanl and pulls the heartstrings. Nice job- I would love to hear your feedback on my own poetry sometime. Thanks for sharing:)
locolizzie said...
Aug. 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm
don't be afraid to be yourself easier said than done
PoemPrincess1 said...
Aug. 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm
Awesome poem I am lonely all the time I really relate
Boj95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm
I think this is a poem about everyone. We have all been lonely at one time or another, and I know I've felt this way before. This is a great poem!
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Aug. 14, 2012 at 10:28 am
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abbadoo said...
Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm
Fabulous poem, by the way!
abbadoo said...
Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm
Reading is a treasure. It can double as an escape route for some people as well. I have been in that boat. It's a rocky sea, my friend. Don't make reading or writing a mere outlet for your loneliness. It should be an enchanting endeavor... turned to out of passion or stimulation! Love it wildly, but look to it wisely.
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