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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Ivonna R. said...
Mar. 8, 2009 at 1:18 am
WOW. I really really like this. I love the way you write. Im gonna try to write like that too.

I truly do cherish friends and the people you can spend timw with. becuase without that theres really nothing else that truly matters.

but maybe you could join some clubs or teams if you really want to meet people! dont be afriad to speak up and join the conversation!

good work!
Mary B. said...
Mar. 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm
this is an awesome poem. i can tell that the person in this poem, be it you or another, is looking for friendship, but is this person truly unhappy with their life?
Heylola2 said...
Mar. 6, 2009 at 3:35 am
Thatz really good!!
billy b. said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm
sometimes i feel like you but i dont get straight a's i would be your friend if you will be mine.
Christina This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Aw, this has good feeling. I'm sad for you, which means that this is a good poem.
punksnowboarder said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 11:59 pm
Awsome Poem dewd!
kissingdawn331 said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm
hey i understand..i'll be your friend but iguess that's what everyone says when they never get to know me though the out side does not matter...friends don't care.
Kathy B. said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 2:51 am
I Like How Every One Is Like, I'll Be Your Friend :]
Makes Me Smile.

But Anywho.
I was just gonna say, nice poem.
It's True.But You Know.
Life Is What You Make It :]
phineas<3'sme said...
Feb. 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm
wow...that was so...true. it was like i was talking to you. awww. i'll,be your friend, though
keepin it real said...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm
This is the best poem I've read in my entire life. Keep writing poems, and I'll be your friend.
Huntress said...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm
This is a fantastic poem. Maybe you do need a friend. Or, perhaps, you are perfect in your solitary world. Anyway, if you do need a friend, there are many people out there who will love you for you. Look. Good Luck, and keep up hope.
~SennaRae~ said...
Feb. 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm
I've got alot of friends and trust me, they're not all they're cracked up to be. You have to remember names they give you and problems that have occured... it's tiring! One friend would probably be so much better but with one comes more and more... if you get a social friend!
With friends you also have to watch what you say or risk loosing them and then again if you lost them over a tiff then they weren't good friends to begin with.
Maybe I'm just cynical because I... (more »)
Miss.Bliss1 said...
Feb. 24, 2009 at 9:08 pm
Pepole can be such idiots sometimes. I get bullyed at school and there all just such jerks.
Thanks for makeing me not feel so alone.
Thanks for let'in me know I'm not the only one who gets bullyed out there.
Don't let them get to you.
Just yell and scream at them.
If pepole R buggin u u dam we'll better STICK UP FO YO SELF! I learnt the hard way that you can't let it get worse and worse!..DO SOMETHING!
YourFriend said...
Feb. 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm
I'll be your friend. I love meeting new people and the ppl. who laugh at you are just so jealous of what you have and they envy you. Don't worry about them. If they want be your friends, you have God.
Tatyana H. said...
Feb. 22, 2009 at 4:53 am
I will be your friend i fell soory for you. this made me cry you have a very good hearta and the kids who bother you are just plain dum ok. keep writing
stresser1997 said...
Feb. 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm
That was so touching!!! I feel that sometimes I can really relate to it!!!I had a good pattern!!!
Maria K. said...
Feb. 21, 2009 at 5:59 pm
WOW!!! That was really great! I loved it! Keep up the great work!!! You are an awesome writer!
hurleygirlie said...
Feb. 20, 2009 at 2:40 am
I really love this poem! I like it because it shows the stuggle of trying to fit in in school and of laking friends!
Maddie W. said...
Feb. 19, 2009 at 2:08 am
your writing reminds me of ellen hopkins. you should read her book impulse.
but anyway besides that you have a real insight for what a person goes through to be even just recognized in high school. so nice job.
mah4angel said...
Feb. 18, 2009 at 11:36 pm
I usually don't write poetry about myself, usually I don't even write poetry about other people. But, I do use my imagination to create stories I think would be sad or happy or any kind of emotion. Usually poems that I do that with are the most thought-provoking and intense ones because I can make up things that sound really bad or really happy but are just unrealistic. I hope someday I can take myself back from that and create poetry about real-life problems like this one.
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