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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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Alybuggg said...
Jun. 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm
I loved your poem! :) It's great, it actually made me tear up. That's how you know you have real emotion in it...because you're reader can feel the emotions you are feeling. Anyway I loved it!!
lovelele said...
Jun. 2, 2011 at 11:44 am
i need a real friend too
mockingbirdmaggie said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm
Ryan I love that line maybe a picture of Pamela Anderson might help! Keep writing you're amazing!
jomi973 said...
May 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm
Wow. This is great. I loved the feeling. Awesome work!
BeDifrnt said...
May 28, 2011 at 9:59 am
This is amazing. I really liked it a lot. (:
Rinilove32 said...
May 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

this poem is very intruiging.

i like your style of writing(:

there is alot of feeling in this poem!

PixieDoll2698 said...
May 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm
great article!! (:
LanaBabii said...
May 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm
i will be your friend. haha, this is great.
jamikim said...
May 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm
i really love this poem! great job :)
EyesofBlueFire said...
May 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm
I really liked this poem, I can connect to it, and it's beautifully written. :) Feel free to check out my stuff too.
SuperSami97 said...
May 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Wow!  Very good.  Maybe add some more about the person you are looking for and then wrap it up with how you just really want a friend.  It might make this even more personal and touch the reader in a deeper way.
VampryaShadow said...
May 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm
Be who you are. Who cares if people laugh... laugh too it will throw them off. If girls laugh so what... there are girls out there who like your tyoe and I am sure thgey are yours too. I like smart boys who have passion... so let them talk and laugh and look... but at least you know you are liked. :)
Yourmomholbrook said...
May 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm
Johnyboy thinks its easy because the only friends he has is on World Of Warcraft
Suzie17 said...
May 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm
I think a lot of people feel this way, and are just too afraid to admit that they sometimes feel alone. Especially with social networking, where some people have like a million friends that aren't really their friends at all. Anyway, good job!
SuperHollywoodPunk said...
May 18, 2011 at 6:35 am
Sweer. This is really good. Sort of humourous yet still serious.
EOTthatsme said...
May 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm
Way to express the truth. You aren't saying you are the only teen out there with problems, which I like. I really like the part about your rich parents... Some people think that because we live that sort of wealthy lifestyle we have it all. But that isn't the way it is... at all. Great poem..Great content..Great emotion..Great fluency..and way to make me think twice.
hounddog said...
May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

...a little dark...

plus it' a little too teen angst-y, y'know? okay so your parents annoy you. join the club.

poem is perhaps a bit melodramatic as well. 

AdalleyVictoria101 replied...
May 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm
Rude^^ The only reason people write poems is to get their feelings out and you critiscing him. I think its great.
birdcage2 replied...
May 19, 2011 at 9:36 am
i agreee this poem is good and not to dramatic, because you do not know what he is feeling, maybe he i sjust really sensitive.
froggy replied...
May 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm
This is a great poem and dont let anyone bring you down!!! This is a really great poem it makes me sad but happy at the same time :)   :)
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