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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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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 !!!!!!!!!!!
 
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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Boyce 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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