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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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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. 
 
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
 
ronniesofly said...
Mar. 30, 2011 at 11:27 am
this poem makes meh want to cry and i know how  you feel to
 
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.
 
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...???
 
ThatOneShyGirlNoOneTalksTo said...
Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm
I can really relate  to this. Wonderful Job!
 
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. ;]
 
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.
 
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.
 
xxbrittxx498 said...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Brilliantly written.  It sounds so sincere and filled with feeling.  I think a lot of teens can relate to feeling isolated like this.  I know I can. 
 
ArtChildCliche said...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 11:43 am
I find myself feeling the same way a lot. If it helps, you're not alone. just read your comments :)
 
misswindsor said...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 10:39 am
OMG, its like you're talking about me in this poem. Straight A student, love to read books, outcast, and have only 1 or 3 friends, yep thats definitely me! If it helps, you seem really nice and laid-back so I don't know why you don't have friends?Maybe they're just hating on you, but whatever the case is, you shouldn't worry because I'm sure one of these days you'll get the friend(s) that you yearn for.  Nice poem!
 
BobTheSpiderTurtle said...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 1:37 am
You seem cool to me I'd be your friend :)
 
SonofHeracles said...
Mar. 15, 2011 at 9:53 am
What a great poem! Know that you are not alone.
 
PoppopsbabygirlThis 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. 15, 2011 at 8:14 am
Style is the focus of most highschooler's its nice to finally read someone's work that saports the out cast like myself.  
 
PaRaNoRmAl627 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm
supports??
 
jroxx96 said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

that is sooo true i

 feel ur pain

 
Shogun11 said...
Mar. 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

THIS IS WONDERFUL!! I'm a guy and i'd totally hug ya man! hahaha

 

 

 
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