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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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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.
 
Poppopsbabygirl 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

 

 

 
Lenah said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm
pretend i'm hugging you dude! and anyone else who needs a hug can too.
 
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
 
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.

 

 
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!
 
billlover420 said...
Mar. 3, 2011 at 11:54 am
good job at wrtting this, keep it up :) your a good writter
 
He's_incrdible10 said...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm
this was incredible keep up the good work. :)
 
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!
 
ScrapJack said...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 7:53 am
Great job here!
 
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.
 
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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