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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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Doves_and_Ravens said...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm:
I feel like I can relate to this poem. It makes me want to tell my best friend how much I appreciate her. P.S. Please comment on my first poem on teen ink. It's called Footprints.
 
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Elmo1234 said...
Feb. 6, 2012 at 9:43 am:
This poem is very well descriptive. The meaning behind the poem is very true and realistic.
 
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Manuelarules11 said...
Feb. 6, 2012 at 9:42 am:
Wow! What an amazing poem! The flow was nice and smooth. I loved how this poem is so relatable to one's life. Keep up the amazing work! :D
 
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White_Trash843 said...
Feb. 3, 2012 at 4:24 am:
Great poem!
 
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Closetpoet14 said...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm:
This is very insightful and readers can relate to this poem. I really like the rhetorical questions. :)
 
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babysteps said...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm:
I can really relate to this, you'll get through
 
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_emmadilemma_ said...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm:
I love this poem- I can relate to it and understand your feelings. Great job! Hang in there :-)
 
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RoseMonster said...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm:
I love the rhythm this poem, and how it made me feel like I was stuck in the same position as the narrator. I haven't experienced the exact same thing, but I can relate to how you feel; neither here nor there, just alone, stuck somewhere in the middle. I hope life starts to treat you better, and that you'll find a friend, I know you will! Keep strong! :)
 
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CameraGirl57 said...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 11:21 am:
your work is beautiful, and I understand your feelings, keep your head things always get better
 
Firetip This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm :
Fantastic. True. I think this emphasizes how you can't buy friends. :)
 
CameraGirl57 replied...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm :
Thats a great point too
 
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Artemisia said...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 10:19 am:
This is beautifully written... yeah, I know a thousand other people said that, but it still is. :) I'm sorry you're having a rough time right now... I can relate. But rough times end; I'm living proof. Keep your head up, Ryan. :)
 
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stanza1 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 10:16 am:
this peom is dope. i can really relate
 
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FakesmileThis 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...
Jan. 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm:
Really liked it! Great job and keep writing :)
 
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CynthiaLibby said...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm:
I'll be your friend hahaha! I know how you feel! I hate to read and my friends are arguing over nothing so I cant decide who I want to hang out with or what!
 
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Muzix said...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm:
This was really good keep up the work!
 
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vampirelover143 said...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm:
I can so relate just yesterday i finished 3 books i know how that feels. Great poem keep it up
 
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KatherineKilljoyThis 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...
Jan. 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm:
I loved it. It's sad what teenagers, like myself, go through.. It sucks..
 
Falling.Up.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. replied...
Jan. 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm :
you will find the friend you need! maybe not even in the way that you thought you would!! but you will.. great job!!
 
heck6 replied...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 9:47 am :
stop crying grow up
 
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