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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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aveawave said...
Aug. 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I'll be your friend! I love making new friends :D That was really good. Would you mind checking out my work? Im fairly new here, so I need advice from a writer like you. Id really appreciate it

:)

 
aveawave replied...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Unquie, would you mind checking out some of my work? Id really appreciate it

 

 
ProdaG said...
Aug. 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm
"Frienship is One soul in Two Bodies" Lets make Friendship x)
 
Reader101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Sounds exactly like me...well except that im a chick... I'll be your Teen Ink friend?:)))<3
 
SweetLove3 said...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm
This is a rlly good poem. Many people out there would love to be ur friend!
 
Aus_Poetry said...
Aug. 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm
A very sad poem. Flowed really lovely. I really liked it.
 
Robyn said...
Aug. 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

wow that was awesone I will be your friend =)

 

 
blondekaylee said...
Jul. 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm
Hey, i really like this , its true and very well written.
 
LookAroundAndSmile said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm
For some reason, this made me want to cry. I loved this so much. Thanks. :)
 
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!
 
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.
 
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.
 
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!!!!
 
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 :)

 
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. :)
 
hunterofartemis7 said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 12:21 am

ill be your friend :)

your poem is really good, very heartfelt too

 
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
 
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:)
 
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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