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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,
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.

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Lola_Black said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Wow, I wish my mom gave me fifty bucks just for lunch.
PurplePenguin6 said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm

This is really good.  I actually REALLy enjoyed reading this.  I think you reveal a lot with very simple words.  And you tell us a lot about yourself by how you describe your room and how you like to read.  (High five fellow-book worm! XD)

I think you have a very strong and clear voice in this poem.  That's fantastic! Keep up the good work :)

And I noticed the Naruto reference with your picture

Soup44 said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm
This is a GREAT poem!! You are an awesome writer keep it up!!........I would really like it if you would check out my poems and pictures and comment on them please! Once again this is an awesome poem.....i love it!! Very relatable.
ohheyyyelli said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm
You have a really unique style, great poem[:
Sage.Lu said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 10:24 am
Nothing is impossible.I believe that I can fly !!
dreamerz said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

Very very relatable. =) Nice job.

For some reason my comments don't go through under my screen name ElleNicole and my computer is acting up, but could you check out my poem that was just put on the website? Thanks so much.

Dia.dreamer123 said...
Jul. 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

Wow. Blown away. Literally. I saved this poem up in my folder of favourite poems by talented writers.

Never dare to stop writing.

TashaTyrantthnx said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I love this poem!

I can really see your personality.

Anyone and everyone check out my poem, "Run, Girl, Run"?


Pooja11 said...
Jul. 2, 2011 at 11:09 am

It's always intriguing to hear the story from the other side. You brought out the persona very well.

What makes a person like this poem is if he/she can relate to it..

*thumbs up

David.DZE said...
Jul. 2, 2011 at 9:43 am
I really liked it.
Reader101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm
A man afterr my own heart!!! I LOVE this poem! my new favorite! Its very powerful and i love the way you brought it together. absolutley AMAZING!:)))
tsinger07 said...
Jun. 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm
Ryan, very nice poem! I am personally right there with you. I personally think we need more people like you in this world. Your words make me think...I like that.
JessJess96 said...
Jun. 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm
I agreee! Rude much!? hahaha :) but it was a really nice poem :) I liked it
JessJess96 replied...
Jun. 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm
oops.. i meant to put that on another comment. blonde moment. :P
Kiba-fan123 said...
Jun. 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

i love your poem it is really powerful with emotion and you art is amazing love it!


DonnieLeroy replied...
Jun. 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm
The art is actually by Mariana O., Tecate, CA.
ExpRESsY0uRselF said...
Jun. 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Wowww...this is another one of those poems that give you that sudden urge to rip out a pack of tissues and cry uncontrollobly at the cruelty in the world. :) Beautiful. Really really really nice...

Btw, if anyone has time, please check out my poem The Girl Inside, and others. Thanks!!!

HarryPotterNerd11 replied...
Jun. 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm
Awesome! I totally agree! it's like really people every one isa human being with feelings! I really like this poem because it totally and completely captures hearts as well asmakes people understand the perspective of the boy... Really Good!
SuperPanda409 said...
Jun. 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Dear Ryan, 

There are so many wonderful people out there who would love to be your friend. I know I would. Don't let those mean comments put you down. They just can't quite see the beauty of what you write. Here I'll leave you with this:

The simmered whisper

Of his poem in my ears

Almost brings my heart to tears

It rips apart what I once wore

A mask of friendship

Nothing more

Today I swear will be the day

I talk to somebody&n... (more »)

tsinger07 replied...
Jun. 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm
Wow, this was very nice. Just what I needed as well <3 We need more people like you in the world!
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