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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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Melody V. said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm:
You have alot of feeling in your poem. I can really relate to it. I have friends but this poem really gets your attention. X3
 
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Johnyboy said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm:
Then get a friend!!!!!!!
 
jayjay8642 replied...
Apr. 26, 2011 at 12:40 am :
it's not that easy u noe...for some ppl!!! b nice!!! b a value added interaction friend!!!
 
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bijja said...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm:

This is a wonderful teen poem.

The expression is deep and touching the heart.

 

 
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Redd101 said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm:
I understand the feeling of isolation in this poem due to indifference and bullying. I mean, it's almost a common sight in high school
 
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JonnyFox said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm:
thats deep
 
TeresaL replied...
May 25, 2011 at 11:20 am :
yea that is deep
 
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moonliliy said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm:
I know what you saying i fell the same way some time
 
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Frederick said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm:
i don't think that that was a major detail in the poem. maybe the author was just trying to make a point that the money is ridiculous. so is it really necessary to correct him?
 
Frederick replied...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm :
i was relating to the math 'pinkhottie' and 'TheMistress' did, in case you were wondering
 
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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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