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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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Apr. 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm
so honest and i think any body can relate to this.. i love that you are courageous enough to share these intimate feelings with the world. you are so talented!
sweett said...
Apr. 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm
Seeing that this has been said 1241 times but this is really well. I love it its beautiful! Excellent Job!!!
Ashlea0813 said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Really like this. :)
Grace S. said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm
I really liked this, you manage to emphazise the feelings of lonlieness absolutley perfectly. Even though i do not know you, i can sympathize for you. I loved it :P
teamo14 said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 9:57 am
This is amazing!
Agasaya said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 9:16 am
There are many people who go through this sort of thing daily. I see the humor in this, but in my opinion, the main point is how lonely you can get when you are one in a million. If you truely have this sort of life, I empathize with you. For I, too, find it hard to find friends. Again, if this is a true representation of your day-to-day life, you will find a friend worthy of your greatness one day, if you haven't already.
SexyCobraKiller said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 8:29 am
I liked it. It really emphasizes how easy it is to get so caught up in unnecessary stuff trying to be cool. Also it is funny. I laughed about the librarians because I think librarians are HILARIOUS. It is easy to relate to, too. Everybody in the world needs a friend sometimes. 
niner said...
Apr. 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm
i really like this :)
realbeautifulheart said...
Apr. 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm
This is kind of funny. I'll be your friend! LOL :)
KrystalT said...
Apr. 15, 2012 at 11:57 am
I feel like I can relate to what your saying.
ClaireM.This 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

LOVE it. =D

Fitting in is not all it's cracked up to be.  Here's to those who stand out...

realbeautifulheart replied...
Apr. 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm
- Clinks glasses with you - 
WonderlandDreams said...
Apr. 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm
Loved ths poem, I understand where your comming from, i dont have tons and tons of friend, like most of my school. And I am labled a freak because of how I dress. Im laughed at tripped down the hall, just like in all those stupied corny movies. Most of my free time and study halls, I spend reading or tpying on my laptop. My books are overflowing unto my floor. I know it sounds strange but if you ever need a friend you can talk to me (that sounds creepy XDD) but rememeber you not a... (more »)
AlliterationAce said...
Apr. 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm
I have to agree about what you are describing, except for the rich parents... Anyway thank you for letting me know that I have people who can relate to me.
Moee1 said...
Apr. 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm
This is really beautiful 
Mayz_ said...
Apr. 1, 2012 at 7:26 am
So many boys and girls can relate to this poem! <3 
Kathryn123 said...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Just a suggestion, but what if you cut the line "although it resembles me" and let the reader make that connection?

Also, in your last stanza, how would it read if you moved the first dash to before "or none of this"?

just some ideas to play around with....

Tinyclaw said...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm
I drew a picture based on this poem! Love it!
Anonymous 1337 said...
Mar. 29, 2012 at 8:19 am
i like this poems not a fan rating 9
Anonymous 1337 said...
Mar. 29, 2012 at 8:16 am
well i like it not a fan for poems but i like so tumbs up rating 9
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