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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,
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.




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CyraAideen This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm:

I really like this, it describes what a lot of people probably go through in high school. I did, for a while, but I'm making friends now. Not sure if they're real friends, but time will tell I suppose. 
If this is really what's happening in your life, good luck, and just remember, that one day you will find that perfect friend who will always be there for you. :) 

 happy writing
 -Cyra

 
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Shortty1314 said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm:
I realy enjoyed reading this. (: You described the perfect friend, just like you. I hope you do one day find that friend that you're looking for, beside those interesting books which lay on your floor (: Keep writing !
 
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Shortty1314 said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm:
I realy enjoyed reading this. (: You described the perfect friend, just like you. I hope you do one day find that friend that you're looking for, beside those interesting books which lay on your floor (: Keep writing !
 
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BT1718 said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm:

 really like this quote and im the same way my friends are my books 

 

 
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blwblw1 said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm:

if you really describes yourself in that... YOU SOUND LIKE THE PERFECT BEST FRIEND! just saying...

 

 
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Kianie_B. said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm:
I like this poem! It really shows what some highschoolers might go through!
 
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Sky2Lorena said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 9:27 am:
i liked this poem i never thought ppl wrote like this. i love it. <3
 
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Sky2Lorena said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 9:27 am:
i liked this poem i never thought ppl wrote like this. i love it. <3
 
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StarStrukk said...
Mar. 6, 2012 at 9:25 am:
i LOVE this poem. It truly defines the lives for some high school students. Money can buy you "materialistic" things, but it can't buy you popularity or "true" friends.
 
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eddys96 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm:
I like this. But how does someone get some many comments and rates on their poems and stuff?
 
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MMorton said...
Feb. 28, 2012 at 8:22 am:
It's 1800 dollars.
 
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tomtomtom said...
Feb. 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm:
Definitely one of my favorites on this site! 
 
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AimeeRichae said...
Feb. 24, 2012 at 10:19 am:
I love this its so simple seaming yet you have to read it its so good.
 
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YandahLIBgirll said...
Feb. 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm:
OMG!!! when i was reading this i couldnt take my eyes off the  screen... this is very guud !!!
 
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samwhoam This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm:
Simple but striking, you pulled me in instantly. The style follows the mood, which I love. Kudos!
 
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disenchanted said...
Feb. 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm:
you are a great writer and we all need friends and you can find friends all sorts a way ;) hope you find wat your looking for
 
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HannahLizHump said...
Feb. 16, 2012 at 9:02 am:
Great poem!! loved it.. i'll be you're friend (:
 
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Phobos said...
Feb. 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm:
this is really good. it deserves it's place in teenink magazine
 
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Annoymous said...
Feb. 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm:
i really loved this poem and i definetly loved the picture and the picture fits the descripition of the poem perfectly srry . i know your in a rough situation so am i . i dont have any friends like you and im always lonely i try to make friends but it never works :( but great poem :)
 
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Gracyia23 said...
Feb. 13, 2012 at 8:22 am:
Hey! Great poem, really good. I mean it. You should enter it in my writing contest for school. It's at writeroftheweekcontest.webs.com We love to hear writing. Thanks!
 
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