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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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Katarabri said...
Dec. 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm:
this reminds me of nineteen minutes by jodi picoult. just remember, there IS someone out there that wants to be your friend, you just gotta look for them!! :)
 
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ClaraSwan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm:
i'll be your friend :) lanky pale skinny and glasses wearing people are COOL. just grow up to prove them wrong; when they're all failures, living at home in their parents' basement, you'll be doing something awesome. like writing. this is really very good :)
 
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dreamer10023 said...
Nov. 26, 2009 at 10:31 pm:
aw that was so simple and beautiful
 
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Natie said...
Nov. 26, 2009 at 4:10 am:
This was very good! I don't know but when I read this, I was thinking that maybe I should change my oppinion about snotty rich kids...I know that sounded random:) But don't mind that..I know I might seem slow in this question: but is this true? Like real life? Just wanted to know, and if yes then you probably don't have to worry about that since alot of people want you as their friend now:)
 
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musiclover94 said...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 9:37 pm:
I am a really shy person, socially stagnant, if you will. Your poem says exactly how I feel sometimes. Socializing is just so hard... I know what you mean, and I love your poetry so keep writing!!!
 
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TinyDancer said...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm:
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the lyrics"
Until you compose your own song, no one can truly sing along...
 
revolutionary replied...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm :
perfectly said
 
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tomtamtimmy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 3:28 am:
good poem. keep it up. and by the looks of it everyone can relate to it
 
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justme101 said...
Nov. 21, 2009 at 9:07 pm:
I really liked this poem. It has so much emotion. It can touch your heart even if you don't know what the author is talking about. I could really relate to this.
 
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sasha120 said...
Nov. 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm:
i totally relate that me right there (except for the money part) but i really know how you feel
 
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silence21 said...
Nov. 21, 2009 at 8:28 pm:
I loved this, and I'd be your friend but I wouldn't talk much because I'd be too busy reading xD.
Book characters can be your best friend because they'll stick with you for ever.
 
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melon said...
Nov. 21, 2009 at 11:29 am:
i can be your friend ! :) do you like aisan music and stuff? your picture reminds me of anime..
 
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alex9426 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 21, 2009 at 11:23 am:
wow, this could've been written by me. i am addicted to books and straight a's.
 
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writerxchicx said...
Nov. 21, 2009 at 9:07 am:
Wow! While I do have some friends, I can totally relate to this, especially the book and straight A part.
It seems like everyone wants to be your internet friend now but if ya need another... ;)
Great job on this - it totally deserves its #2 ranked spot!
 
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sissie said...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 9:38 pm:
your talented,i liked it.i can kinda relate.
 
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epcelia said...
Nov. 18, 2009 at 11:38 pm:
I totally can't relate to this, but it sounded nice(((:
 
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project827 said...
Nov. 18, 2009 at 4:43 pm:
nice. long live the nerds!
 
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ilovetinkerbell said...
Nov. 17, 2009 at 10:27 am:
i will gladly be your friend. If you truly need one.
 
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ilovetinkerbell said...
Nov. 17, 2009 at 10:25 am:
great job on your poem. It really did deserve to be published. I love it and I think that it brings out our true character. keep up the good work
 
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vampluv11 said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 10:41 am:
nice, it deserved to be published. it's strange how there's only one line that rhymes, but it works.
 
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