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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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Lamb97 said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm:
I agree with WeAllBurn.... I'll be your friend to !!!!!!!!
 
sevandlilly replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm :
unfortunately this comment doesn't give you a friend but hopefully it makes you feel good. You see, people cliam they're kind and caring when in reality they're only kind and caring when it comes to the "popular" kids. Sometimes, I just don't understand why some people's worlds only go round if they hurt others...
 
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WeAllBurn said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 11:09 am:

I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND :"(

this made me so sad.

5/5, amazingly touching work. <3

 
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KCayla said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 6:07 am:
I really like this. It is sad and makes someone have a wake up call. Not everyone can  be bubbly and outgoing, I know this. I am however, bubbly, on the outside at least. Inside, I am a lot like that. Good job, keep writing. :D
 
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SkinnyJay_23 said...
Oct. 3, 2011 at 10:29 am:
This poem was very heartbreaking but yet its so intersesting!
 
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P@in545 said...
Oct. 3, 2011 at 10:20 am:
I really like this poem and i can relate to it. Plus the humor in helps to
 
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fallen_angel420 said...
Sept. 28, 2011 at 8:39 am:
wow, this is deep, yet has some humor to it , you show great detail in your writing , i love it . great job.
 
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clumsyteardropper said...
Sept. 19, 2011 at 11:11 am:
oh, and haha... here's what i wrote.  it's called Iron Box by me, clumsyteardropper :)
 
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clumsyteardropper said...
Sept. 19, 2011 at 11:10 am:
wow...that was really well done.  i clicked that thing on the top so they could email me everytime you contribute work :))))  i really like you.  wanna check out my work?  i would really appricate it.  again, really amazingly done! ;))))))
 
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TevoRocks said...
Sept. 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm:
hey holly do you no who i am?
 
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LaceeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm:
Amazing!:)
 
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I love puppies said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm:
I thought the poem was nice but the picture is a little weird.
 
StephanieY replied...
Sept. 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm :
i agree these to girls only draw those cartoons and its like i know u like it but thats allll they draw!
 
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M.E Rocker said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm:
Wow! Your a really great poet! I like writing myself, but am unsure about if I'm good or not. I'm one of those people who like to write and want to be an author when their older. Keep writing, ur great!
 
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horses said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm:
this poem is very touching but the picture is very distubing
 
Aleclaros replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm :
I agree :D
 
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I like pie said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm:
The poem was great, but the picture was a little disturbing!!!!!!!!!
 
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natasha is cool said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm:
this is a great poem
 
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taylor sunshine said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm:
this is a really cool poem!
 
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hollyrocksalot said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm:
WOW!!!!!!!! That was a great poem!!!! it resembles me!! JK!!!!!! How did u think of the ways to say that!!!!! Keep writing love ur work !!!!!!!!!!!
 
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