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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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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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Musiclove 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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abstractminded said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 3:18 am:
hey...great poem..can you please read mines and tell a lot of people to read mines too, i mean they're really really good poems and i just want to get them notice.I would apreciate it greatly
 
KristyLynn_TM replied...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 9:09 am :
I'll be your friend. <3
 
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pretty girl rock said...
Feb. 3, 2011 at 10:59 am:
dis wazz very smart and delight ful of u guys to create an awsome poem
 
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pretty girl rock said...
Feb. 3, 2011 at 10:45 am:
i think this poem is sooo awsome i mean i dnt no wat to say becuz i really have to give you guys a head up
 
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mavis said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 10:17 am:

**le tigre

not 'la tigre'...just saying

 
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soccergoalie6 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm:
awww! thats sooo good! tagging! I'll be your friend!!!! :)
 
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krazyblazin1996 said...
Jan. 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm:
This is really good!
 
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limelove said...
Jan. 24, 2011 at 9:40 pm:

What you said really touched my heart. it's good and true keep it up. And i hope you find that special friend.

 

 
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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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