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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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writer24/7/365 said...
Jan. 5, 2010 at 10:24 am
aww this is so cute
 
writer24/7/365 replied...
Jan. 5, 2010 at 10:31 am
yet so sad
 
life_of_a_leaf said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm
life isn't very fair is it? i know how you feel, to feel like being smart doesn't help you very much in this world, but trust me it does....well eventually. you truly let your emotions show in this poem though, good job.
 
MatthewZ said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm
nice! look at my poem too plz? http ://www.teenink .com /poetry/free_verse/article/156195/Airplanes/ rate and comment plz! thanks a million!
 
Dede(: said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Awhh :(
I'll be your friend.!
btw very well written, i wanted to cry thoughh.
 
Emo_Girl0033096 said...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm
omg i love the pic
 
WriterFanatic This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm
mm. I am kind of like that. It is so hard to find a good friend isn't it?
 
swim4ever said...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm
oh my gosh i love this it made me want to cry very well written
 
Katrina L. said...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm
This was sad, but very well written.Good Job! I'll be your friend too :)
 
crawfordkid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm
Very nice...
 
darkhairedalice said...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm
you win. you win.
 
girdythebirdy said...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Great job!! I'll be your friend, along with the 233 people that have commented on this!
 
Evaspie said...
Jan. 1, 2010 at 8:10 am
I'll be your friend. =D
 
Phoenix B. replied...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 6:10 am
I'll be your friend too!:)
 
Evaspie replied...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 8:20 am
The more friends the merrier! =D
 
SmileLikeUMeanIt said...
Dec. 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm
Oh, I really like this piece! *gives you a pat on the back* :)
 
carlywithcurls said...
Dec. 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm
Great poem.
I'll be your friend. :)
 
Patricio said...
Dec. 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm
I am sorry to say, but the poem itself is quite bewildering in the diction of words.
 
jake2011 said...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm
That was a very good poem. I loved it. It touched me deeply. Good job. Keep writing more poems.
 
Rosanna1120 said...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 3:03 pm
this is very good, a bit random but well written and funny. you've obviously got talent and a since of humor. just let everyone else see it and you will be meeting new people in no time. love the poem. kristi
 
AspiringAuthorAnonymous replied...
Jan. 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm
i love it!! the true friends dont care what you wear but they do care whats in your heart!! definitely an awesome poem and beautifully written!!!
 
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