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.

January 28, 2009
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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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Sonny S. said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm
Wow that was very good!
Michelle R. said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm
keep writing, you're great.
i like your writing style a lot- it's different in a good way.
joshua Q. said...
Apr. 26, 2009 at 4:13 am
that was grate!!!;) could I be your frind?:):(
sally sunshine said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm
hey dont be down a lot of people dont have friends and to everyone who doesnt i will be you friend and always remember you do have a firend and hes with you every day (God). i love you all from my heart to yours
EmoMusicSoul said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 3:07 am
i can be ur friend
Vanessa123 said...
Apr. 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm
I know how you feel. I would totally be your friend if I knew you.
Aro_To_The_Heart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 16, 2009 at 10:48 am
I really enjoyed this poem because it reminds me so much of how people are. In school you have cliques. In society has "social status". In business you have the "corporate ladder". If we learned how to throw it all away we wouldn't have people like this. bravo. Upon my word as a writer i congratulate you. You have shown me the way.
Harmony B. said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm
WOW!!! really good. the first line is so true to me!!!
RemembertheFirefly said...
Apr. 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm
I can relate to this poem. Until recently, I didn't have friends. Don't insult your parents, you'll regret it when they're gone. And 50 times 36=180.
music said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 7:54 pm
i also need a friend that i can talk to bout mi life can i be your frend check out my poems please thnx
Carol said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm
I love your poem. Being a bookworm myself, i can kinda relate. Though, :),thankfully, i've got some pretty good friends.
Carol said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm
Wow. You're poem is absolutely beautiful. I don't know why but it almost brought tears to my eyes :) Beautiful.
And I don't know if you'd be interested but can you look at my poem? it's called First Love Lost/Is It Really?. I've written others, so if you have the time take a look.
Nicole C. said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm
I know what you're saying about needing friends...
too bad i don't have you're smarts though :/
XZSilverZX said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 9:18 pm
wow...good poem! believe me alot of people feel the way you feel but believe me you'll find a cool friend soon, or at least someone you can call a friend.
kumiko said...
Apr. 12, 2009 at 5:12 am
having a friend is great keep looking, out there is someone who'll like u for who u are, not wat u wear! i loved this poem!
D@F!N3ST said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 11:23 pm
this is a great poem. Having a good friend to stick by you thru the thick and da thin makes life easier
DarkestShadowInHell said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 12:33 am
I can relate to the emotion in this poem. That's saying something because I've been to the deepest parts of hell and back. Your words flow smoothly, it seems. They aren't sharp and broken like writing seems to be these days. Keep writing from your heart.
writingis4ever said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm
this is an amazing poem :]
Mickala W. said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 9:47 pm
Books Fill my room too. And friends arent really all that great. all you really need is one friend. One that will like/love you for you and not what you wear or how much money you have. YOu are a great writer. Keep writing. =)
MexicanBarbie said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm
Nice poem
I liked it
It was funny and serious
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