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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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inktouch said...
on Jun. 15 2009 at 1:48 pm
I'll be a friend! ^_^ But, seriously, ur rich.... uv the poem, its not everyday i c a guy writing a poem this good

on Jun. 14 2009 at 8:16 pm
GreenDayFan SILVER, Phoenix, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"Every story has an end, but in life, every ending is just a new beginning."
-Uptown Girls

i think this is the most heart warming piece of poetry i have every read

myworld15 said...
on Jun. 14 2009 at 5:35 am
wow that was really great. i so understand the book parts. The workers at my libary know me very well too. Books are the carriers of civilization.

RiaRen SILVER said...
on Jun. 11 2009 at 4:36 pm
RiaRen SILVER, New Bothwell, Other
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hey! um, people like to comment much? LOL! any ways, your poem is absolutley amazing!! even though its not about you, i understand completly. i can't compete with 4 books a day, but i can read 2 and then maybe half of a book. as soon as i read this poem, i could totally relate. beeing the bookworm, nerdy type is sum times not the easiest spot to filll but sum 1 needs to fill it up!! and i think you got the emotion just rite. i luv your wording thoughts.

sorry 4 the mumble jumble of me blabbing away (and here i go again ;))

if you could, could u comment on my poetry?

kiersten!!

momoney25 said...
on Jun. 9 2009 at 4:16 am
You all are great. The interesting part about this poem is that it doesn't relate to my personality style at all. In fact, I resemble the complete opposite.



The reason I can relate to this poem so well is because I am the guy who extends a hand to someone who needs a friend. Still, all your comments are very heart felt and appreciated.

on Jun. 6 2009 at 3:45 pm
peacelove041792 BRONZE, Reseda, California
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i have friends but they still dont really feel like the friends i want!

but dont worry, you'll get your friends. Maybe you'll meet someone at the library one day

on Jun. 3 2009 at 11:22 pm
nxexnxaxj BRONZE, Leominster, Massachusetts
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this is a lot of feelin, i def. can relate, 2 yrs back i was the same way, but u have 2 put yourself out dere

great piece hunn =]

Kit-Kat SILVER said...
on Jun. 3 2009 at 7:48 pm
Kit-Kat SILVER, Nashua, New Hampshire
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I know there are soo many comments on here you may not see this, but I hope you do. Great job, is all I can say, but still... my gratitude cannot be expressed in one comment! lol. I suffer like that constantly, and it is nice to see AMAZING authors-to-be like you put there skills to use in the right way!

on Jun. 3 2009 at 7:02 pm
TheRealAriel1995 PLATINUM, Highland Village, Texas
30 articles 6 photos 203 comments

Favorite Quote:
"See in what peace a Christian can die." - Joseph Addison
"How come everyone will come to your funeral, but nobody will come see you when you are living?"

Love this!!!!! Everyone is mean to me just the same. I understand that if i say "i know wat ure going through", then i'll be just like everyone else. I've been there done that. Kids make fun of me,

Katie[: GOLD said...
on Jun. 3 2009 at 6:51 pm
Katie[: GOLD, Columbus, Indiana
15 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Live life to the fullest, and like there won't be a tomorrow."

that was a great poem. I would def. be your friend. Just be like me don't care what people think of you. It's life everyone goes threw good and bad times. and Some people will regret not being your friend one day:]

on May. 31 2009 at 9:18 pm
JasonsBaby GOLD, Spencer, West Virginia
11 articles 0 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
when i get mad i tend to tell people to "go suck a fart"

that was great, heres my advice try telling those people that if they dont like the way you look then they shouldnt look at you.if people are your freinds they wont care about the outside,its the inside that counts.

Alyssa said...
on May. 26 2009 at 2:39 pm
wow very good poem!

on May. 25 2009 at 3:44 am
RheaD.Ravenfinger BRONZE, Juneau, Alaska
4 articles 0 photos 94 comments

Favorite Quote:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Oh my goodness! How many comments are there? It took a while to scroll down here. Well I love your poem so much! I love it's own personal style and I just really like it! CHEESE!(means hi with my friends and I) :)

jasper's_gf said...
on May. 24 2009 at 2:34 am
i unerstand just what ur going thu

on May. 23 2009 at 9:18 pm
DinosoarJen DIAMOND, Scottsville, New York
86 articles 0 photos 82 comments

Favorite Quote:
Just another casualty.
It's sad but true.
And even dead I'm still ahead
of most of you.

I'll be your friend. :]



Loved this btw. You're better than them.



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on May. 23 2009 at 1:37 am
meggyboo BRONZE, Battle Creek, Michigan
4 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You must move on before you can grieve" -anoamys

I'll be friend (LOL)!! But I really do feel the authors pain for many years I was an outsider but I started to fit into my personality !! My friends are so supportive of my choices!! I learned that it is not all about your looks!! Just be you!! You did awsome .... Friend

on May. 21 2009 at 3:52 am
Twilightnme SILVER, Anchorage, Alaska
6 articles 0 photos 50 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You dont know what you have until its gone"

WOW! you must have lots of fans. I read a lot too. I really enjoyed your poem. I was engulfed. I like the way you write... Kind of expressant, or resemblant in a way. Im amazed... I truly am.

MrB3n3v0l3nt said...
on May. 20 2009 at 2:20 pm
I think some of these responses are kind of funny. I wrote a response to your poem for my English class and I was wondering, why do you think you don't have any friends? There is no reason you shouldn't have any.

on May. 19 2009 at 6:56 pm
alayapoetgirl BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
4 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is hard; but it's harder if you're stupid. -John Wayne

You are brave for expressing yourself on such a subject. I admire you as a person and a poet...

snc947 GOLD said...
on May. 18 2009 at 7:28 pm
snc947 GOLD, Swansboro, North Carolina
15 articles 10 photos 40 comments
Yeah, I know how you feel. I read ALOT. As much as you. I've never met or written a person who has read as much as me. 600 pages a day sounds like a lot. I guess it is. I totally get your perspective.