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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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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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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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chantel15 said...
Dec. 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm:
nice poem , i could really relate to it. and it really relates to this generation and the meaning of being popular.  the the things you wear and what in of music you listen to , makes you popular, its just sad.but good poem.
 
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CJN0808 said...
Dec. 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm:
This is really good, man. Hey, everyone check ou my poems, rate and comment if you please :)
 
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muna.najihah said...
Dec. 18, 2011 at 11:15 am:

seriously, its all the popularity at school mania. if only it isn't such a big deal, anyone just can be friends with anyone.

TOTALLY DEFINES HIGH SCHOOL

please check out my piece,'is my luck running out'. please comment/rate it whenever you are free

 
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DarkWings said...
Dec. 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm:
This is amazing(:
 
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surreality said...
Dec. 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm:
I hear you -- read my bio. Maybe we could be friends?
 
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AngelGrahamThis 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. 16, 2011 at 9:39 am:
that is serious good. it kinda reminds everyone that popularity rules the schools. yet also it tells a point of view on how money isn't very important. this poem is seriously good
 
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