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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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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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D@F!N3ST said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 11:23 pm:
this is a great poem. Having a good friend to stick by you thru the thick and da thin makes life easier
 
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DarkestShadowInHell said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 12:33 am:
I can relate to the emotion in this poem. That's saying something because I've been to the deepest parts of hell and back. Your words flow smoothly, it seems. They aren't sharp and broken like writing seems to be these days. Keep writing from your heart.
 
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writingis4ever said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm:
this is an amazing poem :]
 
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Mickala W. said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 9:47 pm:
Books Fill my room too. And friends arent really all that great. all you really need is one friend. One that will like/love you for you and not what you wear or how much money you have. YOu are a great writer. Keep writing. =)
 
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MexicanBarbie said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm:
Nice poem
I liked it
It was funny and serious
Nice!
 
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yrmom222 said...
Apr. 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm:
I really think that this poem would have maybe been more effective if you didnt use so many stereotypes. And "stupid parents"
you should be happy to have that $50 a week for lunch. WE'RE IN A RECESSION!!
 
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Katie D. said...
Apr. 2, 2009 at 12:15 am:
Wow, I totally relate to you. Such a true poem.
 
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YouAsInMe? said...
Apr. 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm:
I loved this poem. Really made me think. Remember, those people that are jerks to you are so stupid. Don't let them get you down. And clothing shows nothing about a person. end of story.
 
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ckalani said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 1:29 am:
That was very discreptive. Very touching too! Tell me what you think of my work ... please!
 
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CloudedCrystal said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 1:23 am:
Woa. Dude, this is awesome. I can TOTALY understand what this guy feels...y'know, aside from bein rich and all! lol. When your writing can relate to ppl, u know its good!
 
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silence said...
Mar. 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm:
wow ..this touched me ...and i would be your friend ..in many ways ..i can relate to this ..yet in others i cant ..but keep writng ..you will
inspire other ppl too ..telling
them their not alone ....their not the only ones with problems and perhaps they will begin to see the world diffent
 
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