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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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blondekaylee said...
Jul. 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm:
Hey, i really like this , its true and very well written.
 
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LookAroundAndSmile said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm:
For some reason, this made me want to cry. I loved this so much. Thanks. :)
 
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Dancing2222 said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm:
I really connected with this. I'm a straight-A bookworm too and I feel the same!!! Great Job!!
 
Dancing2222 replied...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 11:12 pm :
Well, not exactly the same. I do have some really good friends. But I would be honored to have you as a friend. And it is obvious that others would be too!
 
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ShayleeMarThis 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...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm:
So cool. Really reflective.
 
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EnigmaticBeing said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 11:02 am:
You sound like a cool kid to me... I love books... Books can be friends too though.
 
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aspiringdreamer said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 10:58 am:

This was really good, you captured the essence of free verse perfectly. I would be your friend! :)

Can you guys check out my work and comment, as well? I'll comment on anyone who comments mine. :)

 
purplequeen replied...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm :
same with me. Please please please cooment on mine! please!!!!
 
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purplequeen said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 9:33 am:

Great can you guys comment on my poems?? They are really good!

I will comment for you if you comment on mine :)

 
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Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 6:09 am:
I love the format of this--how it seems like there isn't really a set format, but it resembles the context of the poem. This was very well done. :)
 
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hunterofartemis7 said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 12:21 am:

ill be your friend :)

your poem is really good, very heartfelt too

 
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Helene said...
Jul. 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm:
this poem is awsome it brings me to tears it kinds of reminds me of me in a way
 
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Julez1D1 said...
Jul. 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm:
You make everyone see this poem through your eyes when they read it. It's sweet:)
 
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MaggieElaine This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 29, 2011 at 1:37 am:
I really love this.. You displayed your life so vividly (if it truly is yours). And I, like so many others,would be your friend as well :) 
 
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smartiechic96 said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 2:49 am:
This is great. You put words to feelings others cannot express. I felt the emotion even though the poem was simplistic. :)
 
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Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm:
This is really adorable (: Can you check out some of my stuff?
 
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yousaypotato... said...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 10:30 am:
this was really raw and truthful. i can totally relate. (haha) sorry for the advertising...buuuuuuuutttt.....i really need some feedback on annnyyyy one of my poems...theyve got legit no comments....and ive got about 9 poems up...haha thanksss
 
Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm :
same.  I'll check out some of yours, can you read a few of mine?
 
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Tess213 said...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm:
This is amazing. I know how hard it is to change the way people look on you. in school some get me but on my team no one does. im the stupid funny one that no one expects to have a thought in her brain. But i will be your friend. I know it feels like it wont matter since i wouldnt be with you when u face hards times but remember the world will keep revolving, and so will your life. <3
 
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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...
Jul. 18, 2011 at 8:55 am:
It was was AWESOME!!! great job! (Sorry for advrertizing) I just wrote two stories called nightstalker and the beast. If anyone could check them out and post some comments and feedback that would be great. Thanks! and keep writing everybody! :)(:
 
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