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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 March 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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Ezibeltha This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm:
Maybe your just looking in the wrong places 
 
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tailhairr said...
Feb. 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm:

AWE.

I really want to give you a HUGE hug.

Good Job!

 
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Stubbleo77 said...
Feb. 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm:
I think that everyone in life needs a true friend no matter how wealthy they are. You did a great job.
 
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ski_mayday said...
Feb. 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm:
This poem is really sad, and you can really feel what the narrator is. Awesome job(:
 
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x305_xSaViOr said...
Feb. 7, 2011 at 7:34 am:
the kid should clearly have nerd friends to hang out with?
 
jerarice98 replied...
Feb. 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm :
wow. really dude? Don't read someones piece and make a sterotypical comment. Just goes to show your massive amount of arrogance.
 
Lenah replied...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm :
that is so true. and plus, most likely the kid is reading this so don't talk about him, talk to him, because the worst thing is to have someone act like you're not there. you guys that are being stupid and saying rude stuff need to chill out. hello? he's probs reading this stuff.
 
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live@swim said...
Feb. 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm:
awh, this is soo sad!
 
Jessss replied...
Feb. 6, 2011 at 12:51 am :
it is sad. =[ awhh
 
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SmallTownDreamer said...
Feb. 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm:
wow. gorgeous. truth.
 
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Zavery_ said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm:
Aww...Love it!    =)
 
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WerewolfWriting said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm:
Very good! Excellent work!
 
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SammyJo1318 said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm:

I really like this :) i know most poems come from experience so if this really is you in the poem then i hope that you're making friends and having fun! keep writing it's great! :) and have fun :)

 

 
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PerfectMGymnast This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm:
aww!! so sad, but i felt the emotion and the description was good!! great job!! :)
 
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SuperPanda409 said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm:
Lovely. I know a guy exactly like this. He's my best friend and the only picture of a girl he has in his room is me and it makes me feel so special. I'd be your friend, hon
 
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SilverTearDropsFall said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm:
this is the best free verse i have read in a while, and it brings up something i think we can all relate to at a certain point i our lives.
 
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ugh,life.... said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm:
wow, the topic of this sorta similar to most of my poetry... I think its great though.
 
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Kashi said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 11:22 am:
I like this, but the guy in the pic reminds me of Naruto XD. Still awesome though
 
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MusicloveThis 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...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 10:15 am:

This is really good.

P.s. I know a bunch of people have said this but i'd be your friend too.

 
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IsayAnything said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 10:05 am:
Sir, Very good. I would love to have a conversation with you. Yuo seem quite..quite.. I can't explain, but rather interesting. Is there any way we can talk on here?
 
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