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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,
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,
pale body.
Although it resembles mine.

The kids at school laugh.
Is it the way I dress?
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?
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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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
Lexie96 said...
Oct. 22, 2011 at 10:39 am
Yeah, I relate. I  have found, though, if you get out there and join a club or two, then finding friends is incredibly easy. Good luck, I know you'll find someone... maybe you could check my work sometime?
matthew97 said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm
I think a lot of people can really relate to this poem.
Allyyyy said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm
This really makes you think of what kinds of people just need someone...Very inspiring.
stillheartless This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

aww. I love this! It hits pretty deep too. I'll be your friend. I mean If you want


poetrylyrics said...
Oct. 19, 2011 at 11:33 am
Great job. I'm new to Teen Ink. Check out my first poem. : ) 
untamable said...
Oct. 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm
i like how this poem was easy to relate to and somewhat reminded me of my past occurences
KenKen said...
Oct. 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm
I liked how the character was portrayed in the story/poem.Keep up the good work!
Greenpaw said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 12:38 am
I really enjoy the emotion of this poem, XD. If anyone has time can they provide feedback on my poem?
Mason S. said...
Oct. 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm
That is beautiful and so true
AristotlesApprentice said...
Oct. 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm
i like this one very much. your portraying a rich kid who hates his life (not trying to be mean or degrading to anyone at all) yet all people want to be is, is rich. i see the underlying message at how, yeah you can buy whatever item/non essential thing you want...but you cant buy friendships (true friendships) and you cant buy love. another message is saying at how even though a great thing like money can take you a long ways, it sure can bring you down a long ways as well.
ZookTheGnome said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm
Very sweet poem! Don't fret, my man. There is somebody out there for everyone, even if that doesn't feel true now. 
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