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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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Peace182 said...
Feb. 5, 2010 at 10:59 am:
Wonderful. =) 5 stars
 
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GreeGree said...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 1:18 am:
WOW. You just described my life.
Love it. 5 Stars.
 
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shan1196 said...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm:
Wow, I am speechless. I loved it! It was great!
 
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hlnpurple said...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm:
Truly beautiful and heartbreaking. Great job!
 
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swimmergirl said...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm:
This really speaks of the real human heartbreak...being alone.
 
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lala said...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm:
i understand.ive been through it alot. i think we can both have a real,true friend by our side.ask for a friend,here i am :)
 
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DCWHAT28 said...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm:
Literally, i thought i was reading my life story. =] You're not the only one, trust me.
 
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LilyC said...
Jan. 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm:
Hey, this is great! Know that when you become confident in yourself and open up to others, you will find people running to you to be your friend. I know because I've been through it. Awesome poem!
 
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Yvonne32This 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...
Jan. 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm:
Wow! Truly amazing! Keep writing this is soo good!
 
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PeaveLoveMe(: said...
Jan. 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm:
amazing! I'll be your friend! Keep writing!!!! And i can reall relate, I get relly god grades, am in gifted, wear glasse, hate getting bad grades, do very detailed work...just the overachiever in all my classes. wish it weren't so..but it's who i am!
 
PeaveLoveMe(: replied...
Jan. 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm :
and plz plz plz read some of myy work!!!! would LOVE any feedbck you have to offer!!!
 
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StephanieQueen said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm:
that was realy good^^ill be your friend if you want
but keep writing that was amazing
 
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abirchy said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm:
i can so relate to the reading so much.. i get made fun for that too..
 
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**talia** This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm:
I know the feeling...
 
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hamsa_prophet This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm:
Smooth, simple, and loaded with meaning. This is what poetry is supposed to be like. Good job, man!
 
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ChowD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm:
i'll be your friend :)
haha, with writing like this, you'll make it to the top!
keep up the awesome rythme and the symbols full of emotion. love it!
keep on doing what you do!
 
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Lenaaa said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:25 am:
This is greatt<3
 
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flushedmermaid said...
Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:38 pm:
Sweet words dude. A shame for those kids. They're missing out a pretty cool kid :)
 
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DirtySweatpants This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm:
I love how you don't fumble in symbolism and vagueness. The pureness and rawness undeniablely hits a nerve, at least with me, and the honesty in the subject matter. Cheer up you're a bad boy writer.
 
DirtySweatpants This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm :
PS its 1800 dollars
 
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