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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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seeingstars This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm:
Shoot, this is good. Really. I like the straight up honesty and detail.
 
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OldYoungOne said...
Nov. 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm:
Straight to the point. I like that it was also truthful. I wanna see what you think of my poems. Give me a rating and a comment so I can improve. I'd really apprciate it.
 
OldYoungOne replied...
Nov. 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm :
In my mind I think this poem reflects many teens lives. Again. Good Job.
 
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HOFALOJESUS said...
Oct. 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm:
Wow......I'm speechless! That was a REALLY GOOD poem!! You keep writing poems! I know people like that, it's nothing funny! Everyone needs someone!
 
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trinikiki said...
Oct. 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm:
wow nice poem, i used to feel the same way :/. its ok if i knew you i would be your friend (that is if the poem states real life)
 
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midgetgrrl said...
Oct. 19, 2012 at 10:21 am:
good job dude i liked how you ended it..dnt we all feel that way sometimes?
 
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KiraVogt2896 said...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 1:08 am:
I loved this poem!!! :D
 
sunnyandsugarThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm :
That was really good,i really liked how you ended it:) keep it up!
 
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NotWriting_Bazinga This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 15, 2012 at 11:17 am:
i just.... my whole body trembles. no lie. i know exactly how you feel.
 
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KeyonnaB said...
Oct. 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm:
your way of writing is very unique.
 
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GREAT said...
Oct. 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm:
neat though not the best ever
 
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TheDarknessBehindThisPlasticSmileThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 5, 2012 at 5:13 am:
I absolutely love this poem. Excellent work.
 
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GraphicWriterThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm:
This poem is really well constructed, I enjoyed reading it and unlike other poetry, you don't have to mull this one over in your mind, it speaks to your heart and you can fully understand the meaning. It's awesome. And it makes me want to be this person's friend. :)
 
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unconsciousmind said...
Sept. 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm:
I love this. So much.   Tay
 
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Prehistoric-Fool said...
Sept. 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm:
I can read this as either in either a bitter or a hopeful voice (or even a sort of tired one), but either way... Nice job(:
 
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VeggieLoverForever said...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm:
This is very good. Some people would say that you have it all, but your deeper then that and relize that a friend is really what you crave; not fortune, or intellegance, but people and companionship. Brilliant.
 
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JLynn said...
Sept. 20, 2012 at 8:33 am:
I really like this. It's great.
 
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LinhLe said...
Sept. 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm:
LOVE THIS!!! I really can see myself in there. Thank you so much!
 
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ZeesrockThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Sept. 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm:
This is an amazing poem! And Ryan I don't think you'll ever find simply a friend YOU HAVE FOUND 1,277! ..make that 1,278!
 
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Colichimarde said...
Sept. 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm:
Many people go through this, and it is a harrowing experience. Especially if you go through it multiple times. But the really good thing about not being normal, and being away from everyone else is that there are other people who are too. And they are the ones worth waiting for:) Great poem
 
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