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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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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
 
FriizzkiieeGoesHardd said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm
Giirl; Thats Reaaly Cool!;; Yoouurr REaaallly good!(: kEEp Itt Upp!
 
DamonSalvatore1864 said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Fantastic! It has some hidden humor in there! Tell ya what, check out my forum and we'll chat sometime. Keep it up!
 
celebeauty said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:33 am

your poem came out plain amazing! i love it!

u know what? i will be ur friend!

 
exoskeletaI said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 7:40 am
me gusta. I really like how you were able to convey the character the same way as the librarian, but at the same time, make the character dislike her because of their similarities.
 
MoonFire said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 7:22 am
thats amazing!
 
PoetikMuzyk said...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 12:24 am
Wow lost for words but you sure found them
 
monthofseptember246 said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm
This is SO good! it makes you realize that your not the only one out there who feels alone
 
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