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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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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 !!!!!!!!!!!
 
TevoRocks replied...
Sept. 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm :
hey holly  if your on this reply its me its daniel
 
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Lacramosa said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 10:26 am:
This was a nice poem but I hope ur not alone I'll be ur friend
 
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BoyceThis 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...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 9:41 am:
yuor kinda describing me in this poem
 
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Plush_Baneling said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm:
Very creative, keep up the good work, and have fun with what you write, and write what you want, and noot  others (unless its school)
 
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Brin11 said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm:

this reminds me of myself...but more of a friend I new- though he had friends like me. (who are like him) I think the detail in the poem made it more interesting. I liked it.

 

 

 
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Vallery said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm:
Ill be your friend!!
 
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crazycatlady said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 10:04 am:
THIS is amazin I Love it(in british accent)
 
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PoeticVibe said...
Sept. 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm:
This is a great poem! :) It's real and it's something I relate to.
 
LOL_JESUS replied...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 11:02 am :
This poem is amazing.
 
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DeepinThought11 said...
Sept. 9, 2011 at 9:45 am:
i like this.Its something teens face everyday.a lot of people can relate
 
MrAndyBananas replied...
Sept. 10, 2011 at 8:56 am :
Great work, it's a really relatable peice for those of us feeling a little lonely
 
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CrystalMarie said...
Sept. 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm:
I loved this poem.... It reminds me of what I wish I could have... Even if it's not a real friend.
 
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feconnolly This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm:

Brilliant!

 

 
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neshi said...
Sept. 7, 2011 at 10:12 am:
ill be your friend!!
 
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roadrunner said...
Sept. 7, 2011 at 6:30 am:
Omgoondness! You have a ggift and insight!!!!!!!!!!! <3
 
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A'sheona Love said...
Sept. 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm:
Sometimes a friend is all yu need!
 
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vintigelover69 said...
Sept. 2, 2011 at 10:27 am:
this is true it happends all the time so i think that this is a good poem
 
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svanb said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 2:26 am:
Oh im sorry, I had you confused with someone else :) If this really is about how you feel at the moment I appreciate your honesty. I'd be your friend any day. And other than that your unique in your own way, you obviously have academic skills and now writing too... Love it!
 
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svanb said...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 2:08 am:
Hey, Im guessing this isnt exactly about your life from what i read in your other works... but everyone deserves a friends... good theme... loved it!
 
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WhoWillCareIfEveryoneDied said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm:
Please everyone comment this is very good I likeie
 
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