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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 Sep. 15 2014 at 12:00 pm
I have issue's making friends, but at least, like you, I have a room full of books. My mother gets quite upset seeing me carry in so many books everyday. I don't care though. Books are a passion of mine and a treasure. I love reading and am proud to say that I am a book-worm.

on Sep. 14 2014 at 2:44 pm
beAWESOMEstayAWESOME BRONZE, New York City, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Work hard in silence and let your accomplishments make the noise."

i love books too, and people in my class calls me smart. you see, you dont have to try so hard to be like everyone else just. be. yourself. its hard to find a good friend but sometimes you just have to be pateint. 

on Jun. 15 2014 at 10:56 pm
TheWritingArtist PLATINUM, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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That is so true to life.

on Jun. 3 2014 at 9:44 pm
AbigailGilgal GOLD, Cloquet, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"I write for the same reason I breath- because if I didn't, I would die"
~Isaac Asimov

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed."
~ Ernest Hemingway

That was so good! You know, so many guys think they are "too cool" for things like poetry, but you are the one who is too cool for them. Keep writing! You have skill. And remember, you do not have to conform to the patterns of this world. Never let other people's opinions squash your creativity or keep you from the things you love! I would way rather have a smart guy who doesn't work out than some full-of-himself guy who does!

moon8 BRONZE said...
on May. 26 2014 at 5:04 pm
moon8 BRONZE, Peaks Island, Maine
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Why do you hate school and why are you wasting your time leaving cruel comments on such a wonderful piece of writing???

moon8 BRONZE said...
on May. 26 2014 at 5:02 pm
moon8 BRONZE, Peaks Island, Maine
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After reading this poem I would feel gifted to have a friend like you. Also, I would like you to know that clothes are not how someone gets friends, even though it might seem that way (I might not be th most knowledgeable person on this subject though). Actually, I have no idea if you are actually in need of a friend or you have made this up, either way the writing is beautiful.

on May. 14 2014 at 9:06 am
Love2Read72 PLATINUM, Kentfield, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” — Taylor Swift

Relatability is an important aspect of any poem. Poems can be amazing even if they aren't relatable, but when they are, the reader can experience the poem like it happened to them. When people comment and say the poem is relatable, that doesn't mean they're shallow.

on May. 13 2014 at 6:38 pm
Starcatcher001 SILVER, Cypress, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
I had a rock garden. Last week, three of them died. -Richard Diran

It is awesome that you can describe yourself in such a brutally honest way while still allowing your poem to have a lighthearted feel to it. I really enjoyed this piece and I hope that you will continue writing poetry! Just remember that in as big of a world that we live in, there is definitely going to be at least one person who would love to be your friend.

on Apr. 29 2014 at 4:49 pm
TheWatchGuard BRONZE, Centralia, Washington
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That's really harsh

on Apr. 21 2014 at 12:29 pm
DanielaC. BRONZE, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Love is not love without madness.

I really enjoyed this poem. It was quite admarible how he can say the truth about himself. He doesn't feel bad about himself he is just lonely

Nobuo GOLD said...
on Apr. 13 2014 at 12:19 pm
Nobuo GOLD, Dio, Missouri
16 articles 1 photo 65 comments

Favorite Quote:

I'll be your friend, send an email sometime or get on TI chat

on Apr. 9 2014 at 11:05 pm
TheAlchemicalShadow GOLD, Littleton, Colorado
10 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from Mediocre Minds." --Einstein
"First Rule of Fight Club: you do not talk about Fight Club." --Tyler Durden
"Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?"

Is it just me, or is every positive comment on here citing an element of "relatability" as the primary reason for liking the piece? I can't relate to Keyzer Soze from "The Usual Suspects" but I still like the movie! You people are so shallow.

on Apr. 7 2014 at 8:12 pm
juliamolly BRONZE, Bedford, New York
2 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
It always works out in the end, if it didn't work out, its not the end.

TOTALLY feel for this and really admire this.

on Apr. 7 2014 at 2:52 pm
thatoneguythathateschool BRONZE, Jensen Beach, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
I hate poetry and school... alot

No one wants to be your friend

AlexandraL said...
on Apr. 4 2014 at 8:15 pm
AlexandraL, Melvin Ave. Northridge, California
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I love this!

on Apr. 4 2014 at 12:20 pm
Lostforever123 BRONZE, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
Never forget the good only the bad.

Its a really good peom i like it. It represents you and shows who you are. Its a really good poem keep writing.

on Mar. 31 2014 at 8:20 pm
NaomiHallS PLATINUM, Ventura, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If they cut off both hands, I will compose music anyway holding the pen in my teeth." -Shostakovich

This reminds me of myself. It's great!

on Mar. 31 2014 at 5:21 pm
Laugh_Live_Write BRONZE, Mukilteo, Washington
4 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All our dreams can come true, if only we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney

This poem is wonderful and beautifully written. I love it!

on Mar. 26 2014 at 3:52 pm
AloneandFree SILVER, Williamston, South Carolina
5 articles 0 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.
-Mario Fernandez

I love your relates to me alot..i know im wierd and they call me a nerd but who cares atleast im me..Anyway i love the way your poem just flows its really good i cant wait to read more

on Mar. 26 2014 at 12:23 am
Red_Riding_Hood BRONZE, San Bernardino, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible'."
-Audrey Hepburn

I love this! It's very beautiful!