All I Need Is a Friend This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

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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,
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,
pale body.
Although it resembles mine.

The kids at school laugh.
Is it the way I dress?
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?
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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~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
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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!
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
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
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
DL:<) said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm
I know what you mean! Great poem :<)
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.
writer24/7/365 said...
Oct. 31, 2009 at 9:54 am
I love this. You are an amazing writer
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
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) :)
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
yoyoyo... said...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 1:03 pm
your piece was awesomly awesome
vejman said...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 6:47 am
great poem, i can really relate. there are librarians that know my name in five towns spread across Tennessee, Maine, and Massachusetts (sp?)
Doodle-space-monkey said...
Oct. 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm
i can relate... it was good
Hinata112 said...
Oct. 25, 2009 at 11:32 am
I'll be ur friend. :]
NickE said...
Oct. 23, 2009 at 11:34 am
Is this really the state of poetry?<br /> what happened to the brutal thoughts and frames of life by those who changed life. <br /> You could be something just live a little
Hinata112 replied...
Oct. 25, 2009 at 11:34 am
if itz really that easy, dun you think everyone would just do it? anyway, dun judge the subject of anyone else's poetry. poetry is someone's own feelings. you have no right to ridicule that.
writingrox replied...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Tell 'em, Hinata112. Everyone's poetry is good in their own way.
dancerpoet92 said...
Oct. 19, 2009 at 7:57 pm
i really appreciate this poem i feel like it really expresses the emotion really well:) and i've totally felt the same way
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