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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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BobTheSpiderTurtle said...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 1:37 am:
You seem cool to me I'd be your friend :)
 
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SonofHeracles said...
Mar. 15, 2011 at 9:53 am:
What a great poem! Know that you are not alone.
 
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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??
 
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jroxx96 said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 10:36 am:

that is sooo true i

 feel ur pain

 
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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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Lenah said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm:
pretend i'm hugging you dude! and anyone else who needs a hug can too.
 
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Gryffindor94 said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm:
Aww.... I will be your friend =) I feel like this a lot of the time. People made fun of me for so long, and even now- although a lot less when I came to high school. I always questioned myself too, about what people's reasons are for pokinhg fun. You write really well, never stop- you're excellent. 
 
job124 replied...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm :
i agree totally with you
 
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LoveMeFoever said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 9:53 am:

Dude, You Need To Write More. I Love This, And Feel Like This All The Time.

 

 
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elephantanni said...
Mar. 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm:
This is truly incredible. I had tears in my eyes. You're an amazing writer. I'll be your friend!
 
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billlover420 said...
Mar. 3, 2011 at 11:54 am:
good job at wrtting this, keep it up :) your a good writter
 
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He's_incrdible10 said...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm:
this was incredible keep up the good work. :)
 
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dontforget This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm:
I'll be your friend! :) this poem is relateable and just awesome!
 
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ScrapJack said...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 7:53 am:
Great job here!
 
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Yummy said...
Feb. 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm:
I Really Enjoyed This Poem Of Yours. Although, needless to say, You Could Have Plenty Of Friends But Still Be Unhappy Because Of Insincerity.
 
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Norma-Bernard said...
Feb. 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm:
This poem is incredible! I feel your pain and this poem made me want to cry. I too, know what it is like to feel alone sometimes. But remember you have an amazing gift for writing, and if people don't see it they must be blind and not worth your time. :) keep on writing!
 
Lenah replied...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm :
Yes!! exactly what i thought
 
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InvisibleNerdGirl said...
Feb. 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm:
You have an incredible, raw-yet-mature style of writing, and this was absolutely amazing! :) I'd be your friend too :) and please never stop writing.
 
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Awesome Sauce said...
Feb. 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm:
This is wonderfully written! I encourage you to just strike a conversation with anyone. You never know who you will discover or find underneath their exterior...maybe they're also looking for a friend like you :D
 
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