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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 February 2009 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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MrB3n3v0l3nt said...
May 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm
I think some of these responses are kind of funny. I wrote a response to your poem for my English class and I was wondering, why do you think you don't have any friends? There is no reason you shouldn't have any.
 
armas123 said...
May 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm
This poem is great!! It expresses true feeling and gives a great meaning.
 
musicministry said...
May 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm
so you got a LOT of comments,and you probably won't read this,but that poem ment a lot to me...i am in the same situation as in the poem......(except for the 80 year old librarian)but it really was amazing...tear-filled eyes:)
keep writing
 
SagaLiSela This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 10, 2009 at 11:46 pm
Very good! It expresses true thoughts and emotions, not cliche at all, which some poems with this topic often end up being. Good!
 
Jessie4736 said...
May 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm
this is so cute ^.^ wanna friend talk to me :] zach4736@yahoo.com's teh e-mail
 
WriterofWhatsInside said...
May 10, 2009 at 8:50 pm
This is pretty good!
I can surely relate to it. I've been there.
Nice work! keep it up.
Also DON'T WORRY IF YOU WANT A FRIEND THEN BE A FRIEND :)
 
Megaleg__ said...
May 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm
Simply beautiful! and heart-wrenching =[
 
Lovrboy said...
May 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm
I feel ur pain _i feel like an outcast 2_ u need a friend im here 4 u dude
 
TJ_Louis said...
May 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm
It's Beautiful. If you want a friend i'll listen.
 
cazyshell said...
May 7, 2009 at 8:37 am
wow u put into words what people think, I can relate to this poem as I read alot to and hardly have friends and u mange to put down in words how it feels well done dont stop wrting.
 
buggy said...
May 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm
I know exactly how you feel. I have been an outcast because I move so much. Untill grade four I was moving around the state and out of it too. I was always the new kid. Keep writing. It helps.In the mean time please read mineTeenInk.com/raw/Poetry/article/101723/the-many-ways-that-you-hurt-me/
 
rabid4u said...
May 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm
Omg that was so good :) i feel bad for you i have almost no friends either. everyone makes fun of me and's i'm in high school! GAH i'll be your friend plz
 
Abreika said...
May 2, 2009 at 3:10 am
I really like this poem don't stop writing.
 
ilove______ said...
May 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm
This poem is very cooooooool:)
 
Sonny S. said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm
Wow that was very good!
 
Michelle R. said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm
keep writing, you're great.
i like your writing style a lot- it's different in a good way.
 
joshua Q. said...
Apr. 26, 2009 at 4:13 am
that was grate!!!;) could I be your frind?:):(
 
sally sunshine said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm
hey dont be down a lot of people dont have friends and to everyone who doesnt i will be you friend and always remember you do have a firend and hes with you every day (God). i love you all from my heart to yours
 
EmoMusicSoul said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 3:07 am
i can be ur friend
 
Vanessa123 said...
Apr. 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm
I know how you feel. I would totally be your friend if I knew you.
 
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