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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 March 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.





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WebDave123 said...
Aug. 14, 2012 at 10:28 am:
This is a test comment. Please ignore it.
 
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abbadoo said...
Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm:
Fabulous poem, by the way!
 
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abbadoo said...
Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm:
Reading is a treasure. It can double as an escape route for some people as well. I have been in that boat. It's a rocky sea, my friend. Don't make reading or writing a mere outlet for your loneliness. It should be an enchanting endeavor... turned to out of passion or stimulation! Love it wildly, but look to it wisely.
 
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AngelBabyThis 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...
Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm:
I love this so much :)
 
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KylieKThis 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...
Jul. 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm:

I really relate with you. Being lonely gets exhausting after a while. You start to wonder what's wrong with you.

 

And that's why I give it five stars! I don't know if you'll even read this, but I think you're fantastic.

 
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Turtle_Princess said...
Jul. 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm:

I'll be your friend XD

 I can understand the loniness you feel. Its a good poem i really like it. keep up the good work :)

 
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pratsjb said...
Jul. 9, 2012 at 3:01 am:

It's really good. It forces on to think.

I'd like to share my poem . please Give your feedabcks

TeenInk.com/poetry/all/article/476819/Maybe-It-Never-Ends/

 
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16russos This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm:
That's powerful....I think that really speeks to teens and  how most of s feel from day to day life. Nice work!
 
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alexxarr said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm:
Not bad! Good emotion is shown
 
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realbeautifulheart said...
Jun. 7, 2012 at 12:19 am:
This might just be my favorite poem EVER...
 
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emmasue1798 said...
Jun. 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm:
I love this poem. And I like my school because it's so tiny and no one is like alone.
 
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Koralinya said...
May 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm:
Wow. I think you just described me. It's amazing how it hit home. I agree with the others who say to keep writing, so please, keep writing!
 
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Kgirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm:
This is a really amazing poem!  I definitely sympathize with the speaker.  You're really good.
 
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Johnny K. said...
May 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm:

I can feel what you are really saying and when I read it, it is touchy.

Nice piece of writing.

The lonliness have been described and have been explored nicely

Keep on writing ^^

 

 
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CrystalAngelDol said...
May 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm:
very nice, it kind of resembles me too, btw do ur parents really give u 50 a week?!?
 
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katinthehat said...
May 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm:
werd up! really good job! keep writing.
 
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pagan.daughter.911This 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...
May 11, 2012 at 11:30 am:
i love this, please continue writing
 
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Grace R. said...
May 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm:
I like this, it shows your emotion and really captures how many teens feel. Perfection in my eyes :)
 
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curlygurlray said...
May 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm:
i liked it. it captures the mind of a true teenager(: good job
 
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curlygurlray said...
May 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm:
i liked it. it captures the mind of a true teenager(: good job
 
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