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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 March 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.





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ALY123456ADS said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm:
hay i know how you feel to have who know real you  but i'am poor and a gril
 
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Bka341997 said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 10:22 am:
I can relate...other than rich parents, and im a girl! :)
 
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pinkhottie said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 10:10 am:
50 x 36 = 1,800
 
TheMistress replied...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 10:25 am :
I did the math too! *High five* :D
 
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softballfreak said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 9:20 am:
I really like this poem!!! I think you did a great job on it!!!
 
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Fate98 said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 7:52 am:
I am not just saying thing but if i were at your school i would be asking you to be friends with me.
 
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ilovedayna said...
Apr. 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm:
hey the positive thing is you know you'll get into some good colleges :) i know how u feel...
 
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Helene said...
Apr. 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm:

if this is you and you went to my school i would walk right up to you and ask you if you would like to sit with me at lunch...

 

 
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alwaysbrokenhearted said...
Apr. 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm:
Awe. I'll be ur freind!!!
 
lostandconfused replied...
Apr. 8, 2011 at 8:42 am :
i feel the same way :(
 
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shygirl101 said...
Apr. 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm:
this is really cute
 
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Zephyra said...
Apr. 3, 2011 at 11:30 am:
Would u be my frnd?????????????
 
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Josiah "Wolf" M. This 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. 3, 2011 at 11:02 am:
I like this poem, its really nice
 
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OH_rawr said...
Apr. 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm:
this is really good.
 
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Magyk32 said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm:
one question - is this really you speaking? If it is, I know exactly how it feels to be an outcast. But you know, everyone's special - we're just more special. You'll find a friend. I haven't found a friend yet either. Liked your poem - it was really honest.
 
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Zarianwen said...
Mar. 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm:
I know the feeling. I love this poem.
 
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Faey101 said...
Mar. 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm:
Thats a really cute poem! I like the pic u put with it and everything else!It describes me in some ways!
 
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Awesomafied said...
Mar. 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm:
Aww, I know how you feel, I used to feel like this too...
 
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Aderes18This 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...
Mar. 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm:
I can relate to this poem a lot. Also, the narrator reminds me of a couple of my friends. 
 
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AndrewP said...
Mar. 31, 2011 at 11:17 am:
This is how i feel sometimes. But this is a boss poem one of the best in my book. Up there with some famous poets
 
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