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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,
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,
pale body.
Although it resembles mine.

The kids at school laugh.
Is it the way I dress?
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?
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 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
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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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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
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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

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
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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
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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.

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

on Oct. 16 2015 at 1:17 pm
XOXONANI GOLD, Killeen, Texas
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Favorite Quote:

love this great work

on Sep. 13 2015 at 12:55 pm
Lysander PLATINUM, Bangalore, Other
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Favorite Quote:
I slay.

I can relate to this.................gr8 work!!!!!

on May. 26 2015 at 12:55 am
Caraid56 BRONZE, Moss Vale, Other
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I personally found it very deep and meaningful, especially since I can relate in a sort of way. Please share more!

luisavq said...
on May. 22 2015 at 2:40 am
The short verses really make it seem like it's someone thinking which i think is what the writer was trying to do. It is simple yet deep and does touch on society's expectations to do well in school but there being too large of a price to play in order to get all A's.

on May. 18 2015 at 2:20 pm
alisha13344 BRONZE, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Favorite Quote:
dont give up

this is very touching