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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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Twilightnme said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 11:26 pm:
Oh my goodness. I really like this story. Its like life in written form...its pleasing...
 
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Jennifer B. said...
Oct. 8, 2009 at 8:53 pm:
I really like this poem !!!
 
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Kitten111 said...
Oct. 8, 2009 at 8:41 pm:
*hug* my new best friend :P great work
 
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cross.fire said...
Oct. 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm:
hahaha. You are never going to believe this but um.... This reminds me of a friend of mine...!
 
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Zad B. said...
Oct. 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm:
This is a wonderful poem! I coul absolutely relate. Can we be friends?
 
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NeverMind said...
Oct. 6, 2009 at 7:03 pm:
Crazy poem man, it made me really think hard...I gotta lay down.
 
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cheerchick90210 said...
Oct. 4, 2009 at 11:41 am:
Books are wonderful, but sometimes you need a friend. Love the poem. awesome
 
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OhWorldOfWonder said...
Oct. 1, 2009 at 11:52 pm:
Good theme...The librarian knows my name too!^^; Don't feel down, friends are just people, and in my opinion, books are better. The words are a little plain, perhaps with a bit of editing (?) it could become something far more...Fantastic?:)
I feel as though the poem is relatable, even though I do what people I consider 'friends'. Most of them may as well be the air that we breath. Adilecence is so cliche.
 
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iwantcoconow said...
Sept. 25, 2009 at 3:05 am:
I NEED A FRIEND TOO
 
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choirchicThis 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, 2009 at 11:09 pm:
wow that was amazing. it makes me feel like wow. i can't even describe it. keep on writing this is amazing
 
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Alice28 said...
Sept. 16, 2009 at 9:00 pm:
That poem discribes exactily how i feel almost every day. i try so hard to fit in....and really dont know wat i'm doing wrong...though alteast now i know im not the only one.
 
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amanika said...
Sept. 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm:
dont try so much the reason i dont like rich people is cause they try being cool way to hard and they make themselves stupid just dont think about looks or anything (dont make yourself ugly either) just notice the good things and think about how good you look and if your sure about yourself no one will bother u im not rich so i dont know if itll work but since im completly broke and like to prank people a lot and stuff like that i dont really care
 
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HUDAZ said...
Sept. 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm:
I LUV THAT POEM SO COOL! i know just what you feel! i sort of need a friend myself. lonely teenager... :C
 
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booksarelife4me said...
Sept. 11, 2009 at 9:03 pm:
That was really great!!!! Amazing poem!!
I'll be your friend!!!
 
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Sydney K. said...
Aug. 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm:
This poem is totally relatable. Sometimes, I try as hard as I can, and still feel totally alone. But I see, a lot of people feel that too. Sometimes, I feel like my best friends are book characters- the ones I can trust, the ones that will always be there for me when I need to slip away from reality. It's a beautiful poem, and you have to recognize that if you give your best and are still not accepted, maybe its because you're better than them.
 
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soac09 said...
Aug. 22, 2009 at 1:41 am:
totally know where you're coming from.
 
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sania S. said...
Aug. 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm:
aww so sad. ill be ur friend how about we talk about it.
 
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Amanda said...
Aug. 21, 2009 at 2:01 pm:
I'll be your friend.
 
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jen9193 said...
Aug. 17, 2009 at 7:28 pm:
i love this poem so much, i actually searched for it because i just love the reality in it. I know so many kids that fit that exact description. Keep up the good work!
 
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Chelyse D. said...
Jul. 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm:
This Is A Very Nice Poem.! Keep Up The Good Work.
 
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