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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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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.
 
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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/
 
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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
 
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Abreika said...
May 2, 2009 at 3:10 am:
I really like this poem don't stop writing.
 
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ilove______ said...
May 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm:
This poem is very cooooooool:)
 
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Sonny S. said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm:
Wow that was very good!
 
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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.
 
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joshua Q. said...
Apr. 26, 2009 at 4:13 am:
that was grate!!!;) could I be your frind?:):(
 
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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
 
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EmoMusicSoul said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 3:07 am:
i can be ur friend
 
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Vanessa123 said...
Apr. 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm:
I know how you feel. I would totally be your friend if I knew you.
 
Aro_To_The_Heart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 16, 2009 at 10:48 am :
I really enjoyed this poem because it reminds me so much of how people are. In school you have cliques. In society has "social status". In business you have the "corporate ladder". If we learned how to throw it all away we wouldn't have people like this. bravo. Upon my word as a writer i congratulate you. You have shown me the way.
 
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Harmony B. said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm:
WOW!!! really good. the first line is so true to me!!!
 
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RemembertheFirefly said...
Apr. 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm:
I can relate to this poem. Until recently, I didn't have friends. Don't insult your parents, you'll regret it when they're gone. And 50 times 36=180.
 
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music said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 7:54 pm:
i also need a friend that i can talk to bout mi life can i be your frend check out my poems please thnx
 
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Carol said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm:
I love your poem. Being a bookworm myself, i can kinda relate. Though, :),thankfully, i've got some pretty good friends.
 
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Carol said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm:
Wow. You're poem is absolutely beautiful. I don't know why but it almost brought tears to my eyes :) Beautiful.
And I don't know if you'd be interested but can you look at my poem? it's called First Love Lost/Is It Really?. I've written others, so if you have the time take a look.
 
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Nicole C. said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm:
I know what you're saying about needing friends...
too bad i don't have you're smarts though :/
 
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XZSilverZX said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 9:18 pm:
wow...good poem! believe me alot of people feel the way you feel but believe me you'll find a cool friend soon, or at least someone you can call a friend.
 
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kumiko said...
Apr. 12, 2009 at 5:12 am:
having a friend is great keep looking, out there is someone who'll like u for who u are, not wat u wear! i loved this poem!
 
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