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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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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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Blissless said...
Feb. 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm:
Beautiful poem!  It's a bit depressing, but completely realistic and different.
 
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ftshooter41 said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm:
great job. Also join clubs or activities. step out of ur shell and talk to new kids.
 
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GoldSage said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm:
Good Job! That is so how the world looks at people these days. keep it up.
 
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amhotopp said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 9:34 am:
I really liked this poem you are a great writer and really know how to get the reader interested.
 
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SuperSenior said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 9:01 am:
Great Poem but the out look makes me feel more limited
 
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El-Ninio said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 8:53 am:
This was a good poem, but to get friends you got to put those books down every now and then bro.
 
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LEBRONISTHEKING561 said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 8:44 am:
Good emotion.
 
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Danny9 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm:
You've probably stopped looking at these comments, but anyway, I send you a hug through the internet. "Do what you like and like what you do."
 
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XPlacidDreamerX said...
Feb. 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm:

the emotion in the poem almost had me in tears you could feel the want.

very good jod :)

keep up the good work.

(/|\)<3:)

 
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chickadee23 said...
Feb. 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm:

Guess what just made me cry?

So honest, relatable, and refreshingly different. A+!

 
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babygirl195 said...
Feb. 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm:
I can be a real friend  but I dont like books unless they r really great
 
sweetbreezydelight replied...
Apr. 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm :
This is  a really nice poem its tough life being a nerd ,books are friends :).
 
Mrs.banks replied...
Apr. 5, 2011 at 8:12 am :

 

I love this poem i have friends but I know exactly how it feel not to have one keep up the good work

 
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BigJoe92 said...
Feb. 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm:
I hope you get friends
 
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