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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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thecheese said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Freaks you guys need to get a life
 
babygirl576 replied...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm
i slipped  *he
 
NoShaDow36 replied...
Nov. 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm
Wow, well that must've helped his self esteem...
 
Harika said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 9:41 am
Wow!! I'll give this poem an A+. I really love your poem so much. What I love even more is your life. You get to read thousands of books and might probably have access to one the best libraries of the world. I'd give up everything I have for that (I love books, too). And you can write so beautifully... You even got published in the magazine. I wish even my work would be recognized. You live in a community where creativity is appreciated unlike me. Your parents encourage you and whats more... you... (more »)
 
DakodaDawn16 replied...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm
i must agree with you Harika.
 
amesgriffey said...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 10:35 am
Wow I totally loved this poem! I know if you can write a poem like this that there has to someone out there who can appreciate you for the way you are:)
 
TaurusGal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm
I know you will find a real friend. =] '' Good poem!!!
 
Chelsyy said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm
Awsome poem :)
 
Afra- said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 8:04 am
The right friends always coem along =P amzing poem.
 
LivingMYLife said...
Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm
Ryan... FAVORITED! this is a really great poem. not too long or too deep. its sweet, to the point, and oh so honest
 
pupet master said...
Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

great poem... and exelent wording...mutch better than i can do

 

 
Kim121819 said...
Oct. 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm
Man! that was a great poem! I feel like that all the time! I wish I was as good as you! Nice job! I really want a friend too!
 
Express-- This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 6:06 am
OK, you're allowed to
 
SkinnyWest said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 9:48 am
ill be ur friend!
 
experienced replied...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm
disgusted with this poem
 
chaotic93 replied...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 10:13 am
why does it disgust you?
 
Express-- This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm
I was not a huge fan of this poem. I thought it went way off topic. Not amazing
 
Kpalo14 replied...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm
I disagree
 
Poetryiswhatilive4 said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm
Amazing well written poem, we all wish to have an amazing friend some time in our life. If you want i could always be your friend. But reading isn't exactly worse than friends
 
naruto freak said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm
I think your poem was as great as an actual poem writer you should be one someday. I will be your friend to look me up sometime.
 
Shaellah R. replied...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm
really i love guys like you decribesd
 
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