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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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sarah98 BRONZE said...
on Apr. 25 2013 at 6:03 pm
sarah98 BRONZE, Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
It is better to write for yourself and have no audience than write for your audience and have no self.

that's pretty sad....BTW i'm new here and would love for anyone to check out my poems. Comment, rate, whtevs, i appreciate feedback!!

I_Be_Keyla said...
on Apr. 24 2013 at 4:39 pm
I_Be_Keyla, Kansas City, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
The people who matter won't care and the people who care don't matter -Dr.Seuss

Nice job! This was very good!

Micky said...
on Apr. 23 2013 at 6:29 pm
this is GREAT

on Apr. 21 2013 at 11:40 am
twentysixscribbles PLATINUM, Ithaca, New York
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This is a fantastically written poem, and, to me personally, very relatable. Excellent job.

on Apr. 18 2013 at 9:53 am
seanturlan SILVER, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality" -Plutarch

This is a great poem and you create line speeds unlike anyone I have ever seen. However, I get this feeling of a fictitious persona or a sense of bragging almost. It is like you almost slipped it in there.

HAILO BRONZE said...
on Apr. 15 2013 at 10:33 pm
HAILO BRONZE, Chehalis, Washington
2 articles 4 photos 43 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I will now share my political veiws with you."

My teacher printed this and had us discuss it... we all agreed it was beautiful! :) Keep up the good work!!

on Apr. 15 2013 at 6:09 pm
saracouturier SILVER, Sault Ste Marie, Other
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Very good poem!! I am new on here and would appreciate it if you could look at my poemss, thanks if you do!

on Apr. 12 2013 at 2:26 pm
Bluetooth13 SILVER, A Town In, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
To play a wrong note is insignificant, to play without passion is inexcusable.

~ Ludwig van Beethoven

Hey, im pretty new. Please check out my work, Thanks  

on Apr. 11 2013 at 5:00 pm
mrs_styles_ BRONZE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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great touching poem

on Apr. 9 2013 at 4:47 pm
AbbaDabbaDoo PLATINUM, Mountain Grove, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. I guess we know which one you are.

A relatable and moving piece. With writing like this, I'll be your friend.

on Apr. 3 2013 at 9:00 am
SunnyDreams BRONZE, Niger Falls, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Can you feel what I have seen, when no one else has lived through what I have?-HalveOfLife

i kno exactly how you feel

on Mar. 28 2013 at 11:37 am
Heyworld BRONZE, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Money cant buy ever thing i get it

on Mar. 27 2013 at 10:04 pm
Propheteer GOLD, Sudbury, Other
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Favorite Quote:
“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there's two things: You're getting off first, or I'm going to die. It's really that simple, right?
You're not going to out-work me. It's such a simple, basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy that just gets that loose ball. The majority of people who aren't getting the places they want or aren't achieving the things that they want in this business is strictly based on hustle. It's strictly based on being out-worked; it's strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say all the time if you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready.”


― Will Smith

Great job!

on Mar. 27 2013 at 1:48 pm
KatieJo97 SILVER, West Liberty, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

This was really good it kinda tells how i feel sometimes

Rhiannon6134 said...
on Mar. 27 2013 at 10:46 am
Rhiannon6134, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
Giving up doesn't always mean your weak, sometimes it just means you're strong enough to let go

I can kind of relate too. I write ALOT. Poems songs novels all kinds of things. And the reason I do it is because I can loose myself in the plot and its almost like I am who I'm who I'm writing about

on Mar. 24 2013 at 5:32 pm
SunnyDreams BRONZE, Niger Falls, Other
1 article 0 photos 274 comments

Favorite Quote:
Can you feel what I have seen, when no one else has lived through what I have?-HalveOfLife

ill be ur friends...........

abe12345 said...
on Mar. 21 2013 at 6:48 pm
hi everyone 

Wedod2 said...
on Mar. 21 2013 at 2:25 pm
Wedod2, Louisville, Kentucky
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PAM ANDERSON!!! WHAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

on Mar. 19 2013 at 4:53 pm
JoyMason PLATINUM, Arapahoe, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
You, he who subdued me, be not insolent, forget not the beauty of virtue.

Everyone needs at least one good friend, but being me, I don't have one that sticks by me till the end. I, like you, love to read, but I also like to write stuff like poems and novels and, really, the characters that I write about are the only dependable friends that I have so, I guess that you can say that, I understand. At an early age, I was taught that it's every girl for herself.

Carema SILVER said...
on Mar. 17 2013 at 3:20 pm
Carema SILVER, Hillside, New Jersey
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so true not matter what people have, money, clothes anything the most important thing everyone needs is a friend. love it !