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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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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!

on Jan. 17 2019 at 9:36 am
ILoveFortniteSoMuch, Sana'a, Other
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i love fortnite its better than anime adn Naruto

Lclen said...
on Nov. 29 2018 at 1:45 pm
Lclen, Warwick, Rhode Island
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this is beyond beautiful . well done !

kmagic BRONZE said...
on Oct. 31 2018 at 11:08 am
kmagic BRONZE, Denver, Colorado
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While I may not be able to relate on a whole level, this really hit my heart, because it was as if you were simply talking, which is the best way to express yourself. Please do keep writing! This was beautiful.