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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 Sep. 15 2016 at 6:16 pm
KittyKat1201 SILVER, Hoschton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"Live life like you own it"

Wow hay qua vay!!!! Em thiet la thich thu viet nay cua Anh Ryan do nha! ♥♥♥

on Aug. 11 2016 at 12:34 pm
pineappler03 SILVER, Waterford, Connecticut
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This is very relatable. I like that I can understand the feelings presented in the poem. Good job!

on Jun. 9 2016 at 8:30 pm
literallyliterary BRONZE, Lilburn, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"The roof is not my son... but I will raise it."

Wow, this is great! This is actually really helpful, I can really relate to this and its nice too feel like someone else knows what you're dealing with. Thanks for this.

on May. 9 2016 at 7:58 pm
radicalchickster DIAMOND, Jericho, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Never, ever, ever give up."

it could use more work, but it's relatable. you wanted honest criticism. i hope you don't get offended by that. :(

Netprince16 said...
on May. 2 2016 at 9:19 am
i love it it inspired me

on Apr. 22 2016 at 8:56 pm
janesnow BRONZE, Sausalito, California
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oh yeah? i read five books a day last summer! hot wheels, beat that!

Tkenns BRONZE said...
on Apr. 21 2016 at 11:03 pm
Tkenns BRONZE, Des Moines, Iowa
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Hey, I know this can get annoying but if anyone had time to glance at my work that'd be great. I just have three short poems, but I might do more if I get enough likes. Thanks for the help! I you comment some criticism or what you like or something then I'll do the same for you!

on Apr. 16 2016 at 10:34 am
itsrainingcats GOLD, East Hampton, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Suess

Huh, this is interesting and really fun to read! Relatable.

on Apr. 12 2016 at 5:02 pm
ambivalent SILVER, West Bend, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. [sylvia plath]

so glad i stumbled across this poem... love it.

on Mar. 20 2016 at 3:05 am
Ilse_Spiro GOLD, Palmer, Alaska
16 articles 3 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do you know the difference between an error and a mistake? Anyone can make an error, but that error doesn't become a mistake until they refuse to correct it."
-Grand Admiral Thrawn
Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zhan.

I know how you feel, I went through the same thing for several years. You are an amazing poet!

on Mar. 16 2016 at 10:15 am
quillhoof BRONZE, Averill Park, New York
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You can now tag other users by using "@".i love it

on Mar. 7 2016 at 11:09 am
LittleRedDeliriousPrince SILVER, Parma Heights, Ohio
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Amazing...

on Feb. 27 2016 at 6:24 pm
Kara_case BRONZE, Reno, Nevada
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I love this one so much. I'll be your friend haha

on Feb. 11 2016 at 7:16 pm
Poetry101 BRONZE, Faith, South Dakota
3 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are !













~John Lennon

You have so much talent keep making more poems as good as this one.

Zoenikky said...
on Feb. 11 2016 at 1:49 pm
Zoenikky, Masvingo, Other
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really great piece

WRITERQ BRONZE said...
on Jan. 2 2016 at 9:55 pm
WRITERQ BRONZE, Altamont, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Every dreams a possibility

Incredible work; Although it made me cry and sadly I can totally relate.

on Dec. 17 2015 at 10:57 am
Mahalabelle GOLD, Leesburg, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
I don't just care about my friends-- I am head-over-heels in love with them.

I feel the exact same way.

on Dec. 11 2015 at 3:42 pm
ImaginationIsImportant SILVER, Mumbai, Other
5 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
I have two favorite quotes:
'Remember it's just a bad day, not a bad life.'
'We were born to be real, not perfect.'

its a great poem :) i could really relate to it except for the $50 thing...but i understand how u feel...and we can actually be friends :)

Tamie GOLD said...
on Nov. 23 2015 at 7:08 pm
Tamie GOLD, Sonora, California
18 articles 2 photos 61 comments

Favorite Quote:
"if you can be anyone just be you unless you could be Buffy Summers then be Buffy Summers"

This is really good. I hope this published in the mag.

MADDO SILVER said...
on Oct. 27 2015 at 6:22 am
MADDO SILVER, MUMBAI, Other
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Its really beautiful... i loved it... i could relate your poem with mine.. great talent.. goodluck:)