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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shwnwd said...
Apr. 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm
You've got a really talent for poetry, kid. I think you'll be fine. And I hope you like who you are. Don't let those kids get you down. Just keep being yourself and people will like you. Just keep shining, like the star you are.
Vriska said...
Apr. 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm
This sounds like my life. I totally know how you feel.
Iamwhoiam16 said...
Mar. 19, 2015 at 6:01 am
I really love the way it was written! :) Great job!
TheBellroseFairy said...
Mar. 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm
The sentiment shines through, but your line break is all over the place. A true poem sounds as well as it looks on paper. In poetry, or any form of writing for that matter, you must always write out numbers instead of simply typing them. This poem needs more descriptive language, which is a fancy way of saying you need to show and not tell. Most likely, this comment will be buried underneath all the others, but hopefully it reaches you.
beAWESOMEstayAWESOME said...
Mar. 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm
I loooooooooove this poem soooooooooooo much. #talented *thumbs up*.BTW if i ever met you i would definitely be your friend, but sadly we on't go to the same school:(. ANYWAYS, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! KEEP WRITING!
PaigeByPage said...
Mar. 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm
I absolutely love this! It reminds me of my best friend who is an introvert. Maybe I myself cannot relate but I adore poems that give an inside look on what it is like to be someone else. Very beautiful.
KayRae This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm
I love this poem! I relate to it and I know the feeling
Ana143 said...
Feb. 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm
That was AMAZING!!! this poem really hits home for me. cause all i wanted was a friend. I love it!
GGauns said...
Feb. 2, 2015 at 11:30 am
Really Wow!! I can relate to this poem well...
NoniDoni said...
Jan. 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm
well written and flows nicely
Mydoublebass said...
Jan. 7, 2015 at 12:58 am
It's unbelievable how well I can relate to this poem; I am in the same boat as the narrator.
Liyanams026 said...
Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:21 pm
Very well written. Trying to fit in is a struggle, and all you need is a friend. I like it.
Enigmaa said...
Nov. 22, 2014 at 5:27 am
Beautiful piece of worrk
Freshatilly said...
Nov. 17, 2014 at 11:09 am
Nice, Well Written piece if work.
Shortz said...
Oct. 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm
Really good poem.
Flame Thrower said...
Oct. 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm
This really seaks to me
alonebutstillsurviving said...
Sept. 23, 2014 at 8:07 pm
your poem really speaks to me. i read all the time. in fact i am at the library right now. if u need someone to talk to, i am here!
MissEmilyDickinson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 23, 2014 at 9:30 am
I love books and I still do. Haha, I think I need more books, but about you poem. I think it's amazing. Your poem has a lot of emotion and depth and amazingness. I can rather connect. I think everyone needs a friend. Congrats on having this published! You deserve it. Thank you for sharing this. 
Alysa the Dreamer said...
Sept. 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm
I have issue's making friends, but at least, like you, I have a room full of books. My mother gets quite upset seeing me carry in so many books everyday. I don't care though. Books are a passion of mine and a treasure. I love reading and am proud to say that I am a book-worm.
itserratic said...
Sept. 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm
i love books too, and people in my class calls me smart. you see, you dont have to try so hard to be like everyone else just. be. yourself. its hard to find a good friend but sometimes you just have to be pateint. 
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