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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.


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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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ParadisaicallyThis 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...
Mar. 6 at 2:56 pm:
Beautiful poem.  It is very relatable and it flows really well.  I love it 
 
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MadeleineMoreland17 said...
Feb. 28 at 4:26 pm:
Fantastic. Just... Real. Honest. Fantastic.
 
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HannaHarrisThis 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...
Feb. 28 at 1:52 am:
I think this is a very solid piece of work. I really felt for you. Maybe next time you could add more emotional impact.
 
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Trombonemack said...
Feb. 27 at 9:07 pm:
It was very good although I would try making it a little more cryptic though that's just my style. :)
 
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KarenZavala said...
Feb. 24 at 10:02 am:
i love the poem ^.^
 
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Feb. 3 at 8:10 pm:
This poem is beautiful and I loved it so much. It deserved to be in the magazine and to win the contest. It describes, or can describe, almost anyone's life and I find that that is incredible. It is usually very hard to write a poem that can apply to everyone. Great job! Check out some of my poems :)
 
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JLEIGH96 said...
Jan. 29 at 10:05 am:
I absolutely love this so much. It describes what I do all the time, but without the money. I work so I am either in my room alone reading or working.
 
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themusicnerdThis 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...
Jan. 23 at 4:37 pm:
This is an amazing poem!  *loveitsomuch*
 
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BaileyM said...
Jan. 17 at 4:52 pm:
lovelovelove this
 
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Muffins216044 said...
Jan. 13 at 2:29 pm:
I absolutly loved this.
 
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SonnysRetreat said...
Jan. 10 at 12:55 am:
I love how it defies the social contructs we create about kids who come from wealth and they are always  happy. This decomposes that construct. 
 
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ecma27 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 4 at 5:03 pm:
I like how it describes the reality of many...
 
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siorose said...
Dec. 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm:
This was really great, as I read it I could feel the feelings of the author. Very relatable. I'll be your friend!!
 
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loveisntrealThis 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...
Dec. 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm:
take a look at some of my stuff too if you get the chance! i apprishiate it:))
 
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loveisntrealThis 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...
Dec. 25, 2013 at 6:33 pm:
wow this is really good. i love it. i will be your friend.
 
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Googlegamer3 said...
Dec. 11, 2013 at 8:50 am:
I would be your friend hopefully I would get some money too.
 
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Airicorn said...
Dec. 11, 2013 at 12:31 am:
I'll be your friend. I get the feeling of not belonging, people acting like you don't exist, or, even worse, acknowledging that you do exist with their sarcastic jokes.
 
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Bloopidoop1 said...
Dec. 10, 2013 at 9:34 am:
i would be your friend. i need some too. i feel you. beautiful poem. impressive.
 
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MarkJallayu This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 5, 2013 at 7:09 am:
When I first read this I couldn't help but keep reading it. Once I saw the title....I knew I had to read this!!! Nice work.
 
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FallingJoss said...
Dec. 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm:
Such great work! 
 
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