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 March 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.

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CressFerriera said...
Feb. 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Well, it's an alright poem. Not ever poetic, however.
Alicia said...
Feb. 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm
One day...
you'll find a friend.
A best friend.
Maybe I will, too.
Maybe we'll be best friends.
MaddyKay said...
Feb. 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm
I was scanning through the poetry list and this poem caught my eye. I started to read, and couldn't stop. My friend was looking over my shoulder the whole time and we both loved it. We really were inspired and I'd like to say that I love to read also. I can't admit to reading four books a day, but I'm a bookworm nonetheless. Anyway, just wanted to say that I hope things work out. Keep on writing!
bananaman said...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 9:11 pm
Great poem I know like 8 people who can relate to that
jessica marie said...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm
This poem caught my eye, The words were so relatable and it made me someone understnds. So if you have ever wondered if you were alone, like you were the only one to feel this way, your not. trust me, ha that seems funny coming from someone you dont know and will never meet.

i dont know if you have heard of this site called you might like it. anyways,....good luck.
Bridie said...
Feb. 8, 2009 at 12:43 am
your poem caught my eye because of the word books. I personaly love to read. I find it really cool how you can grasp the idea of a compleatly diffrent person then you, momoney. this is really good tallent you poses and i hope that one day it will take you somewhere far in life. B)
matty hannay said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm
that is awesome poem

i also write poems
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
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
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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