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All I Need Is a Friend MAG

January 28, 2009
By Ryan Moran BRONZE, Mt. Prospect, Illinois
Ryan Moran BRONZE, Mt. Prospect, Illinois
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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.



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on Nov. 17 2020 at 11:46 am
kingforlife01, Northampton, Massachusetts
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I used to be able to relate to this but then I moved to more excepting town and school and I stopped caring about what other people thought.

Rue_the_day said...
on Nov. 3 2020 at 9:57 am
Rue_the_day, Coleraine, Other
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Favorite Quote:
I think; therefore I am.

This is really good! I love the structure of the poem, with the pale/lanky/body and lacoste/ralph lauren/la tigre.

Chantal2021 said...
on Oct. 15 2020 at 8:21 am
Chantal2021, Ewing, New Jersey
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I love this could be written as a full story, but it's shortened to just the right details to know a lot about the narrator plus make you empathic for the narrator.

20240082 said...
on Oct. 15 2020 at 8:21 am
20240082, Ewing, New Jersey
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friends will come, its hard for me to find friends as well but dont let it change who you are.

on Aug. 10 2020 at 6:47 am
Princessknightrachael, Lagos, Other
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Favorite Quote:
never give up,
love conquerors all,
good always wins the bad

very touching. keep it up

on Aug. 6 2020 at 9:13 am
Inkinspires-Soul SILVER, Thrissur, Other
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It's so beautifully written. Pure emotions and immensely relatable. Good Job ! Keep Moving 😇

on Jul. 11 2020 at 1:03 am
GirlyGamerForever3, Bakersfield, California
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Favorite Quote:
Love can walk through fire without blinking.

The story feels like thoughts, but more put together. It is how I am feeling a lot recently, how I distance myself from everyone else, but I know I shouldn't, and I know I should do other things.

on May. 5 2020 at 7:57 pm
HuntersOfArt3mis, Joice, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
Reading a good book in silence is like eating chocolate for the rest of your life and never getting fat.
—Becca Fitzpatrick

Good job!

Siriuswhitee said...
on Mar. 2 2020 at 6:44 am
Siriuswhitee, 白城, Other
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i love it!

Robert214 GOLD said...
on Jan. 25 2020 at 8:09 pm
Robert214 GOLD, Guangzhou, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Make the best of what is within our power, and take the rest as it occurs. -Epictetus

Amazing poem!!!

Robert214 GOLD said...
on Jan. 25 2020 at 8:09 pm
Robert214 GOLD, Guangzhou, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Make the best of what is within our power, and take the rest as it occurs. -Epictetus

Amazing poem!!!

on Nov. 26 2019 at 1:17 am
sarahshahzad BRONZE, Other, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller,

wow..! beautifull sharing love this so much..

on Nov. 20 2019 at 1:42 pm
EileyCollins BRONZE, Concord, Nc, North Carolina
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wow, this is amazing. I can totally relate.

on Sep. 6 2019 at 6:06 pm
calliewrites BRONZE, Bellingham, Washington
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This is a well written poem. I really apreciate your transperancy. Kepp writng.
Also if u need a friend im her :)

MiaLola27 GOLD said...
on Jul. 23 2019 at 5:31 pm
MiaLola27 GOLD, Chelmsford, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them (William Shakespeare)

This poem is so meaningful and it’s truly brilliant.

starzx said...
on Jul. 3 2019 at 6:31 pm
starzx, Manhattan, New York
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This amazing. I think we all feel alone sometimes.

on May. 27 2019 at 1:58 pm
PlatypusMeadows, Hell, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Never forget me, because if I thought you would, I'd never leave." - A.A. Milne

@Ryan Moran Yeah. I can relate to this. Not the rich parents part, but the lonely part. It's easier to be lonely when you're in the middle of a crowd, but when you're physically alone, it hurts more. Just do what you love, and you might not be as lonely anymore.

on May. 23 2019 at 7:35 pm
TheJesusFreak33 BRONZE, Littleton, New Hampshire
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I can relate :/

iloveme1011 said...
on Apr. 2 2019 at 6:13 pm
iloveme1011, Greensboro, North Carolina
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Wow, you relate to me so well. Love this poem is so touching.

kaylinmae said...
on Apr. 2 2019 at 12:30 pm
kaylinmae, Jay, Maine
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This is great you are a really good poet and great job!