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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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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
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
AbstractFragment This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I suppose it gets lonely at the top. I feel your pain. I could always be your friend though :)

 

But of the poem, I like how this poem ends. I believe a successful ending is one of the most important parts of a poem because it leaves the reader with a taste in their mouth after reading it. The after-taste of this is sweet, and then slightly bitter. The comedy helps equal out the tragedy which keeps this from becoming over-whelmingly depressing.

 
soarlikeme23 said...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm
This is beautiful. I love it! The last stanza, especially the last line, is so powerful. 
 
Mroper38 replied...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm
I shall be yourfriend. I understand
 
LOL_LORD replied...
Aug. 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

I dont know what to say.

 

 
flame replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm
I love Your Poem
 
LazyDaisyLovesYou said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 1:36 am
I love this poem! <3 Always remember that you're never alone! :)
 
writerfreak21231This 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...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm
I am soooooooooooooooo sorry for u! maybe if they see this they wont be mean to you anymore! But anyway! Great writing! :)(:
 
SwallowedByInsanity This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I really like your writing style! People judge me inside and out. I've been called a lesbian for 'dressing like a boy'. I've been called emo and a cutter for getting my hair cut in a certain fashion.

I'm definitley going to read your other pieces.

 
xximjustmexx said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm
5/5 I can relate to you. Honestly. People don't look at the big picture. They see what they want to see, and that's it. But how I get through, is that I tell myself that one day, I'm going to be the stronger person. You will find someone. Trust me.
 
JusticeLiberty said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 11:50 am
I WANNA BE YOUR FRIEND! YOU SOUND AWESOME TO ME! I am sorry that people are so mean to you! :( Reading this made me feel sad.
 
dolphinportkey7 said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 11:06 am
I think this might've broke my heart...
 
luvkittehz8P This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

The writing style is great <3

I love how you mention all the money you get to spend, yet you don't. It just shows that no matter how much you have, you need someone to share it with.

 
IrishDancerxoxo said...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm
Love how he wants a friens, doesn't exactly seem like he's trying though
 
k187 said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm
love this poem
 
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