All I Need Is a Friend This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

January 28, 2009
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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 March 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.






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itsrainingcats This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 16, 2016 at 10:34 am
Huh, this is interesting and really fun to read! Relatable.
 
ambivalentThis 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. 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm
so glad i stumbled across this poem... love it.
 
ObanAKThis 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...
Mar. 20, 2016 at 3:05 am
I know how you feel, I went through the same thing for several years. You are an amazing poet!
 
quillhoof said...
Mar. 16, 2016 at 10:15 am
You can now tag other users by using "@".i love it
 
LittleRedDeliriousPrinceThis 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...
Mar. 7, 2016 at 11:09 am
Amazing...
 
Kara_case said...
Feb. 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm
I love this one so much. I'll be your friend haha
 
poetry101 said...
Feb. 11, 2016 at 7:16 pm
You have so much talent keep making more poems as good as this one.
 
Zoenikky said...
Feb. 11, 2016 at 1:49 pm
really great piece
 
Dreamer4EVER said...
Jan. 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm
Incredible work; Although it made me cry and sadly I can totally relate.
 
MahalabelleThis 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...
Dec. 17, 2015 at 10:57 am
I feel the exact same way.
 
ImaginationIsImportant said...
Dec. 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm
its a great poem :) i could really relate to it except for the $50 thing...but i understand how u feel...and we can actually be friends :)
 
Tamie said...
Nov. 23, 2015 at 7:08 pm
This is really good. I hope this published in the mag.
 
MADDO said...
Oct. 27, 2015 at 6:22 am
Its really beautiful... i loved it... i could relate your poem with mine.. great talent.. goodluck:)
 
XOXONANI said...
Oct. 16, 2015 at 1:17 pm
love this great work
 
SilverInk This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm
I can relate to this.................gr8 work!!!!!
 
Kelsey A. said...
May 26, 2015 at 12:55 am
I personally found it very deep and meaningful, especially since I can relate in a sort of way. Please share more!
 
luisavq said...
May 22, 2015 at 2:40 am
The short verses really make it seem like it's someone thinking which i think is what the writer was trying to do. It is simple yet deep and does touch on society's expectations to do well in school but there being too large of a price to play in order to get all A's.
 
alisha13344 said...
May 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm
this is very touching
 
Love_N_Loyaltyy said...
May 7, 2015 at 9:15 am
this is touching. (':
 
DeviousRiverz said...
Apr. 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm
I love your poem but I just feel like you could be conveying more emotion through it.....
 
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