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,
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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Rose_the_Writer said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm
Wow! This was good; I loved it! I can really relate to it, too. Keep writing! =)
 
preppytiffanie said...
Feb. 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm
nice poem i can relate to it from an opposite point of view too
 
momoney said...
Feb. 3, 2009 at 3:08 am
thanks!
 
brookiecookie18 said...
Feb. 3, 2009 at 2:59 am
I thought it was really really good! and it was overall a great poem
 
BrokenWings said...
Jan. 31, 2009 at 9:11 pm
this is really good...ur amazing =) i write poetry too, mine is similar to yours kind of...lolz
 
Mikey4u said...
Jan. 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm
i can realate to this...
 
Daniel Ward1 said...
Jan. 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm
hey
 
K. kissy face said...
Jan. 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm
hey if this is like really about you then i really understand and a lot of people can relate to that i know my brother can and life sucks a lot so if you hold your head high remember everyone else is a lot lower then you!
 
momoney said...
Jan. 29, 2009 at 5:30 am
haha thanks but it's not about me. i'm glad this poem evoked some imagery into that creative mind! I wrote this senior year in high school, but the fact is that I was the complete opposite of that. I just felt badly for the kids that were like that, so I wanted to write about it. :P
 
Luke said...
Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:39 pm
Hey bro, awesome poem.
I also love writing poetry and I have found that sorrow inspires me to write more than happiness ever could. so for the sake of good, honest poetry, i hope you stay sad, but for the sake of your happiness in life, i sure hope you find yourself a friend.
 
bloods replied...
Mar. 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm
I loved that poem it makes me cry. i would love to be your friend that was the best poem i have ever read.
 
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