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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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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. 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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Faey101This 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 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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Aderes18 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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ronniesofly said...
Mar. 30, 2011 at 11:27 am:
this poem makes meh want to cry and i know how  you feel to
 
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susansunshine said...
Mar. 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm:
This is absolutely beautiful. I know exactly how you feel...but think about it this way: when that person who deserves to be your friend comes along, you'll appreciate them even more.
 
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secrets said...
Mar. 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm:
whats a freind iff they lie and decive you? be carful what u wish for and be selective with ur friends. i didnt have freinds awhile ago so i no where ur comin from.  keep wrtiin its an out let. great job
 
ilovedayna replied...
Apr. 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm :
???? wha...???
 
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ThatOneShyGirlNoOneTalksTo said...
Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm:
I can really relate  to this. Wonderful Job!
 
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AliBali said...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm:
This is a great poem! It has real emotion. I love how I can relate to it. ;]
 
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misslove said...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm:
i think its really good. i love how you wrote it
 
kat27 replied...
Apr. 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm :
dude what the heck? Loved it, keep writing.
 
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musicprincess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm:
This is completely and utterly amazing! Please keep writing :) the world needs more writers like you.
 
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