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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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Carema said...
Mar. 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm
so true not matter what people have, money, clothes anything the most important thing everyone needs is a friend. love it !
awesome_me said...
Mar. 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm
this is awesome i am going to show everyone
digyBritt said...
Mar. 12, 2013 at 1:53 am
So good because I feel like everyone  has felt at least a little like that at some point in their life. Like they didn't fit in.  And I just jumped right into his skin. Great poem.
Bubbs This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm
Love the descriptions. Im sure everyone who has read this will now want to be your friend because you are one hell of a poet! Awesome x
Bonnie T. said...
Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm
wow i really like this and can really relate. keep up the good work
Obey_Twin14 said...
Feb. 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm
i really like this piece it was very moving
Maryam1996 said...
Feb. 17, 2013 at 7:41 am
Iyaya said...
Feb. 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm
yeah i agree evryone needs it or not
raymondpaul said...
Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm
this is a good poem  
Edith T. said...
Feb. 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm
I liked this! It kind of explains what I feel like sometimes.
VeggieLoverForever said...
Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm
Wow, I wrote something simaller to this just two weeks ago. It's funny, I feel almost spoiled because, like you, I have everything someone less fortunate might desire- a familly, a house, etc. I do so much, and have so much fun in life. But, like you, all I crave is a friend. What  I really want, is a friend, with whom I can make memories, and have fun, and have adventures outside of the classroom. Like you, I am also an avid reader, and all the librarians at my  school and public ... (more »)
AlmostPublished said...
Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:47 pm
You have such an amazing talent, and so freely expressed, it does not seem that your looking for empathy or advice like others, your just doing what you do so naturally and greatly!
ktopakian15 said...
Jan. 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm
this poem is quite amazing, I would love if you'd check out my poem and tell me what you think, you have undeniable talent- kaitlyn
ItzStar said...
Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Wow! I can have total empathy for you, I know what its like to not have a friend, if you go to my page, I have a poem on artificial friends... you should check it out i would love to hear your expertise on my work being that you are soooo talented!
RedFeather said...
Jan. 20, 2013 at 11:46 am
This is a very touching piece of work that I (and alot of people on this site) can relate to. It's not surprising that this is one of the most popular poems on this site :) If you have some extra time, please check out some of my poems and leave a comment :D
nmk1128 said...
Jan. 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm
Maybe try joining some clubs you may enjoy or getting involved in your community by volunteering or find an online community, may I suggest Nerdfighteria. Nice poem though and best of luck. Please check out my poems and writings I bet you'll enjoy (:
Ujjwal K. This 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...
Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:33 am
you're exactly like me!
JonathanQ said...
Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm
you should just be yourself
KassandraMichelle263451 said...
Jan. 9, 2013 at 9:34 am
I will be you friend and I know how it feels to have no friends
In_Love_with_Writing said...
Jan. 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm
very sweet (besides that Pam Anderson comment :( ) but I liked it. Please read, rate, and comment on some of my stories. It really makes my day!
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