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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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stanza1This 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. 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. 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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Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm:
Check out my poem 'On our Own'
 
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RunosSister said...
Jan. 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm:
It's so well written, but sad to think how true it is. Easy to relate to, and that's what makes writing so charming.
 
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Soni-kay said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm:
So touching it was a really good poem
 
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NigomayNamikaze said...
Jan. 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm:
Naruto... really... YOU STOLE MY IIIIDDDDEEEEEEAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE NARUTO! For real that was so cute
 
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purple678 said...
Dec. 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm:
great poem. :) and really touching.
 
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-imaganitive- said...
Dec. 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm:
Made me want 2 cry!
 
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publicdomain said...
Dec. 31, 2011 at 11:29 am:
Friends are overrated but great poem :) You created such a vivid picture of your life.
 
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dragongirl said...
Dec. 31, 2011 at 8:09 am:
I really like it. I think you did a really great job on it
 
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rolzpolz98 said...
Dec. 29, 2011 at 5:03 am:
very well written....luved it!
 
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vazenitran98 said...
Dec. 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm:
Amazing! I this actually spells out what friends are all about.
 
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AlaskaGrownThis 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...
Dec. 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm:

this is really good. 

 

 

 
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Esraa said...
Dec. 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm:
this is a very descriptive poem and nicely use of details.
 
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