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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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Savi101 said...
Jan. 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm:
This is so sad yet sweet. I've been there but I finally found mine. I hope you find yours.
 
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TylaElizabeth said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm:
This describes me perfectly. Thank you for writing this. 
 
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Jstl1220 said...
Jan. 15, 2011 at 3:24 am:
i have friends lol. but sometimes even with them this feeling is present. So maybe i dont? i love this and relate in a different way. cliche but patience will bring you happiness someday. 
 
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swifty said...
Jan. 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm:
i wish i had an ebook. then i coould read anything i want and wont have to get it from the library. your so lucky. but ya love reading. rather do that than hang out with friends at the mall. just who i am.
 
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being.me said...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm:
wow! great job! ik how you feel. i felt like this for a longg time.. i finally found my friend tho!!!(:
 
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whateverjuliet said...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm:
awww!! i loved it so mucch!!
 
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writerinfinity said...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm:
This is very good :) Keep writing :)
 
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Swifty said...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm:
nicely done. I love reading books,too. my class mates always joke about how I read like five books in a week. but that's me and I like me. so if that's you then it doesn't matter what other people think, just be yourself.
 
whateverjuliet replied...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm :
the same happens to me, i love reading so much so i got an ebook and people always tease me about it! but thats just how i am!
 
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1617almost said...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm:
so do you have any friend at all? I would suggest getting to know people. Just be your self. Try new things put some pictures on your wall. And clothes dnt matter that much. But if it does at your school then just wear plain cloths. And if I had you parents I would have a car by now. Well I hope you find a friend good luck!!!
 
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marcom said...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm:
wow this is an emotional poem, and many people can relate to this situation i know myslef as one of them. very well thought out.
 
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bigdreamer14 said...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm:
This should be turned into a book if you haven't thought about doing it yet. i seriously can just imagine how amazing it will be. Love this completely. CONSIDER WHAT I SAID. U'RE AWESOME!!!
 
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Cinder said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm:
This is a really sweet poem :) I hope you can find a friend.
 
newbody replied...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 11:30 am :
thats a great poem keep writing you should keep telling yourself you are a cool person
 
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kpott4 said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm:
This is very sad
 
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Elizabeth.Martin said...
Jan. 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm:
i loved this. absolutely loved it. you sound like an amazing person. and i love the simplicity of the photo you chose to represent your poem. 
 
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smartchick118 said...
Jan. 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm:
Whoa... this is awesome.
 
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Jones said...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm:
This poem can be inspiring in many ways. Its shows how you can have everything in the world but still your life won't function how you want it to without a true friend. Having a true friend anytime you need someone to talk to is a great feeling
 
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BelleVie11 said...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 10:46 am:
The flow of your poem is very well exicuted. I love the repetition of description. It allows the reader to really connect with what you want to convey. Simplicity. Power.
 
KALEB S. replied...
Jan. 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm :
ill be your friend
 
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