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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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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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WhoWillCareIfEveryoneDied said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm:
Yay yummy poem
 
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JonnyHatesEmoKids said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm:

Well it seems to me like this kid Ryan has no friends and needs to get out more. I dont like this poem because it seems like this kid is doing nothing but complaining about life. If you want a friend, then go out and make some. Dont sit there and whine and write stupid poetry about it.

 

 
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minecrafter said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 12:36 pm:

Ill be your friend

 

 
minecrafter replied...
Sept. 1, 2011 at 10:32 am :
you are mean minecraft is a amazing game
 
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JSM1996 said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm:
This poem is very well written and it's a nice message that the author is giving out.
 
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StarDayDreamer said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 10:49 am:

Love the beginnning and the last stanza was very strong! :D

 

 
EagleBreeze1 replied...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm :
I agree with StarDayDreamer, I think those sentences define the poem, they give it more emotion.
 
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WhoWillCareIfEveryoneDied said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 8:23 am:

more people need to comment so this will be number one

 

 
LOL_LORD replied...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 10:40 am :
Yeah, it is an amazing, poem. I can tell how he feels. It is full of emotion.
 
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