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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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PrettyBoy121 said...
May 3, 2011 at 7:46 am:
This Poem is A WASTE OF TIME AND MADE ME SAD...... REALLY NICE... (SIKE)
 
birdcage2 replied...
May 3, 2011 at 9:47 am :
thats really mean just saying. i mean i like your honesty but please you should say it nicer next time
 
onlyhope1997 replied...
May 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm :
i have to agree with you (person before previous comment) this has no imagery or meaningful words. im sorry if this hurts your feelings, but this is my opinion. i admire your bravery posting it tho :]
 
Yourmomholbrook replied...
May 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm :
He is only saying that because he is lonley
 
birdcage2 replied...
May 19, 2011 at 9:34 am :
wait who is saying that cuz he is lonley prettyboy121? the way he said that is really mean, ryan m, dont let his words get to you he is just jelause becaause he can't write a poem as good as you. keep you head held high and keep up the good work.
 
birdcage2 replied...
Jun. 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm :
ok you guys don't know good poetry. ur mean rude and have know life. so stop
 
Gabiiiii This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm :
I completely agree with birdbage. Dudes, if you can't be nice, or at least kind in your rejections, you have no right to be posting anything. Appreciate, or go away. Being rude is just wrong.
 
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kkk88 said...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 12:01 am:
it was really nice poem...
 
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rubysapphire95 said...
Apr. 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm:
I love your honesty!
 
ashley22 replied...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm :
lollz awww....!!
 
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pinkowlThis 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...
Apr. 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm:
WOW, i relate this this on SO MANY levels. keep writing. i'll the your friend <3 this was very inspirational.
 
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bieberl0ve15 said...
Apr. 25, 2011 at 10:57 am:
love this! if anyone would rate/comment my poem called Asthma it would be sooo much appreciated :) I'll do the same for you!
 
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Thelostandcold said...
Apr. 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm:
ometimes its just not that easy
 
Natalie4ya replied...
Apr. 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm :

I agree with you completly.... :/

You should read my new poem it kinda talks about why life sucks..."Our Heart"

 
Thelostandcold replied...
May 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm :
Ok! I'll read it nd let you know what I think!
 
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Paige101 said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm:
Amazing poem. :) I'm sure everyone feels like they need a friend sometimes, even if they already have a lot. Good job.
 
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chris94 said...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm:

wow! tht poem is like me in a way(without the rich parents,blow-up doll, and straights A's for 12 yrs)

i almost cried readin tht......

 
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JiminMintyFresh said...
Apr. 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm:
I really like this poem.... It's so realistic... And I envy you for getting straight A's for 12 straight years....
 
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simmybeans said...
Apr. 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm:
this a very nice poem n whats up with your parents.
 
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LiveInTheMoment said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm:
Wowwwww...this was so moving. Even though I have friends, I could totally feel the narrator's pain. I would truly hate to be in his shoes. Keep writing! If you have time, please check out my poem, The Girl Inside. THanks!
 
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GraceSanchez said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm:
This kid needs a friend asap !
 
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