Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

All I Need Is a Friend This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

More by this author
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.

Join the Discussion

This article has 1486 comments. Post your own now!

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. 
ButterflyKiss said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Whoops. My comment posted twice! S- Sorry! -_-'
ButterflyKiss said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm

*cue music*

You got a friend in me!

You got a friend... IN ME! xD


Now that I'm done with the silly-ness, on to the poem and the picture.


WOW. :( That poem hit me deep. My little cousin's a little geek-ish, like... coughMEcough... so I kinda understand what it's like to be friendless. D:


Now the picture.



HunterF5695 said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Hi there im Forrest Gump!
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...
WeAllBurn said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 11:09 am


this made me so sad.

5/5, amazingly touching work. <3

Site Feedback