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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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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 »)

SuperPanda409 replied...
Jun. 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm
thank you so much!
renni said...
Jun. 15, 2011 at 9:08 am
this was so great i absolutly love it =D
MicroOwl said...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm
I can totally relate! I love the structure of your stanzas.
joyfuldancer said...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 12:25 am
Such a beautiful explosion of emotion.  And if u need a friend, I'm always here.  God bless.
DisicpleofChristandJesusEnthusiast said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm
I REALLy hope you can't relate to this, it's so sad! You are a beautiful writer, please take pride in that. :)
mrittmritt77 said...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm
I really love your writing style (: haha I would be your friend :)
RanaHewezi1998 said...
Jun. 4, 2011 at 11:21 am
awwwww this made me realize how thankful i am to have a friend beside me all times :)
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
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