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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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dylonmichael said...
Nov. 13, 2009 at 10:14 am:
if you dont discrimanate agains gays maybe we can be friends
 
Matt replied...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 7:31 pm :
y do you think this is discriminating against gays?
 
dylonmichael replied...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 9:23 pm :
i wasnt thinking it was just putting it out their for you to know i think its best that friends tell each other everything
 
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katie123 said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm:
I will be your friend you sound a lot like me but I'm tan.
 
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Sunga said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 11:16 am:
i'll be your friend!! if your not discriminatory towards bisexuals
 
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Ms_money said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 6:30 am:
This is a great poem... I'm not like that guy;I'm not even the female version of him but I get what he's saying. We all need friends(I especially). Great write.
 
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Chase A. said...
Nov. 10, 2009 at 9:17 pm:
I'd be your friend :D
if your not discriminatory towards gays
 
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Daimon, Demon said...
Nov. 10, 2009 at 7:40 pm:
Ryan, you have captured that feeling that every breathing creature with a heart and a conscience feels. I am standing up and applauding you. Wondeful. Cheers, and friends. -Daimon
 
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CaseyLeigh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm:
Aw, this is sweet. :]
 
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~Reaa.Mae~ said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 11:42 am:
<3 I'll most definitely be your friend. I hate the way people judge other people and laugh at us, without even getting to know us first. Doesn't that just bother you? I know how you feel when it comes to needing a friend. I've tried to change me to get friends, but it's only bitten me in the butt. Best I can say is, don't do what I did and alter yourself. Stay you, and someone will see the wonderful person you are, and treat you like a real person. A friend. <3
more »)
 
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ariwrites94 said...
Nov. 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm:
Wonderful job!!!! you are a talented writer and keep up the good work! if u have time please check out my poem called "Sensitive Am I" and rate and leave a comment. Thanks and keep writing!
 
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oddballinthegroup said...
Nov. 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm:
i will be your friend all my friends are leaving me out and i love reading alot too
 
poetic_alchemist replied...
Nov. 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm :
i love reading
you can be my 7th friend ever
 
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benny b said...
Nov. 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm:
I like this poem because it shows that sometimes is hard to find a friend
 
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Hard2love*ez2hate This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 2:25 pm:
i love this poem it really touched me it maid me cry is all i need is a friend 2 my friend wants us 2 talk 2 a counsler and she ont tell me why
 
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DL:<) said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm:
I know what you mean! Great poem :<)
 
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writer24/7/365 said...
Oct. 31, 2009 at 9:56 am:
I know how you feel. I can be amidst a huge corwd, and feel more alone than I thought I could.
 
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writer24/7/365 said...
Oct. 31, 2009 at 9:54 am:
I love this. You are an amazing writer
 
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QuaddyAnn said...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm:
Look I know how you feel. And you're lucky. Think of this. I had so many friiends and I lost them all. You have no pain yet because u don t know what it's like.
You have an oppurunity. Take it. Act like another kid for a day. Get a conversation started. You can even buy one of those cheap hallmark ones. But take ur chance. and don't lose it all.
I like RL
 
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emo_nina said...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm:
ill totally be ur freind as well and believe that you yourself can make a difference whether it be someway with those book and by the way i can relate although i cant read nearly that fast (keep your head up) :)
 
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PurpleMidnight said...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm:
Hey, trust me, there are thousands of people who feel the same way you do! Just look at the comments! Also, be thankful for your money, atleast your not homeless or on the verdge of being evicted. Great piece, I loved it. Nevert stop writing <3
 
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