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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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on Jul. 3 2013 at 5:27 pm
billionaire SILVER, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
love people beforeyou hate them,unless thats the only option given to you to do such things"-a.d.s
“it is much safer to be feared than loved because ...love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at ev

i love this

Niquel said...
on Jul. 2 2013 at 1:43 pm
Niquel, Lipan, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
If you don't design your own plan, you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

-Jim Rohn

And I swear, I realized this like... Two days ago! Something happened, and I was really needing a friend, so I started to go through the contact list in my phone for someone to talk to... I have 32 contacts in my cell phone. That sounds like a lot. Twelve of them are teachers. Another one is my bus driver. I realized I had every single one of my teacher's phone numbers, plus the school counsler, the principal, the after-school organizer lady, and the superintendent. One is my mom, one is my dad, one is my stepdad, one is my aunt, in fact, one is my mom's best friend. I have a number for each of my four grandparents, and that doesn't include the six more for family on my stepdad's side. We're down to five. I have two sisters. We're down to three. One is my best friend's mom. The last two I have are actually my friends. And you know what? We hardly even talk. After flipping through all my contacts, I was a little shocked. I always thought I had more friends than that lol.

Niquel said...
on Jul. 2 2013 at 1:32 pm
Niquel, Lipan, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
If you don't design your own plan, you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

-Jim Rohn

Wow...I swear I was feeling like this the other night. I mean, I'm going to graduate high school with an Associate's degree, I do volunteer work every week, I've picked up piano lessons, I'm a member of NHS, I even stopped biting my nails and lost twenty pounds. While all this stuff is going to help me ten years from now when I'm some successful, legendary person....I don't really have a life right now. I mean, taking up your summer with college classes at sixteen and picking up trash on the side of the road every weekend doesn't really give one a whole lot of time for friends. I literally haven't seen my best friend for two years. It's crazy. XD

Hazelbabe18 said...
on Jun. 25 2013 at 12:47 pm
Hazelbabe18, Orlando, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Everyone is beautiful in there own way"

A REALLY NICE ONE !!:) THIS SOUNDS AS IF THIS WAS WRITEN FOR ME....:)

xxMelxx SILVER said...
on Jun. 11 2013 at 7:36 pm
xxMelxx SILVER, Washington, District Of Columbia
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Favorite Quote:
Don't die a copy, stay an original -Unknown

A well written poem :) Keep up the good work!

Mandy22 GOLD said...
on Jun. 10 2013 at 9:59 am
Mandy22 GOLD, Apollo, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"True love will triumph in the end - which may or may not be a lie, but if it is a lie, then it's the most beautiful lie we have."

The best  poems are the ones people can relate to. I can totally relate to yours. Great work!

on May. 28 2013 at 3:16 pm
papayajuice13 GOLD, Tel Aviv, Other
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I love the poem. I can relate. Please read and rate my poems. Thanks!

on May. 27 2013 at 9:28 pm
biancaasare BRONZE, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“Basically what we have here is a dreamer. Somebody out of touch with reality. When she jumped, she probably thought she'd fly” ― Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

love your writing style! xx

on May. 22 2013 at 6:18 pm
naivemelody2012 BRONZE, Weston, Florida
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When reading Fiction, the characters' experiences, emotions, and thoughts are laid out for the reader to consume. They are just as real as the people around me, I find.

on May. 22 2013 at 12:32 pm
revelationsmirrored GOLD, Joliet, Illinois
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Ay but those friends don't understand you as people do. For quite often we see characters in books as perfect people, how could they understand the imperfections, even the good ones?

on May. 20 2013 at 5:37 pm
writingriver05 SILVER, Boise, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
"Reach for the moon, even if you miss you'll land amongst the stars."

Ya me to i know whats like to be friendless for me it felt like a vast dark pit that i couldnt get out of if you ever need to someone to talk to well you know ...

on May. 17 2013 at 12:57 am
frommusicwithlove SILVER, Syracuse, Utah
8 articles 2 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." By Dr. Seuss

That is really, keep bringing yourself into the work you can never go wrong, If you ever need someone I'm always here to help, take care c:

Robby19 said...
on May. 16 2013 at 7:48 am
Robby19, Kannapolis, North Carolina
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This was a really good poem ~ I'm new and will be getting new poems up ... Check out mine ?

Mikky BRONZE said...
on May. 5 2013 at 10:25 am
Mikky BRONZE, Omaha, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
"You can't get a rainbow, without a little rain."
"I have the substance of things to be hoped for. I have the anticipation of things unseen." -Leif Enger

Wow, never knew how it feels to be so alone. I mean I experienced it, but never acted upon it. I'm here for you, even if its just here

on May. 2 2013 at 10:42 pm
DoNotRegretThyFall SILVER, Wayzata, Minnesota
8 articles 2 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.

Hey guys, I have one new poem, and one that should be up soon. If you could check them out and rate them, that'd be great. Thanks!

on May. 2 2013 at 10:29 pm
naivemelody2012 BRONZE, Weston, Florida
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But you have all the friends you need in your books!

ACC326 SILVER said...
on May. 2 2013 at 7:40 pm
ACC326 SILVER, Cochranville, Pennsylvania
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Very interesting poem. It is a bit depressing, but very true. Keep writing.

on May. 2 2013 at 11:49 am
NoMercy666 BRONZE, Goose Creek, South Carolina
2 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It aint no sin to be glad you're alive." -Springsteen

I hope you're all kidding.

on Apr. 30 2013 at 5:24 pm
SimoneSimon SILVER, Porter Corners, New York
8 articles 5 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A daily Pearly is the key to a happy life"
explanation: Pearly is a cartoon pearl I drew on my friend's notebook

" 'You can't repeat the past'....'Can't repeat the past? Of course you can!' "
- Jay Gatsby

wow everyone's commenting!  but i wanna say this is wonderful (youve probs had that 1346 times now) but it was really sad.

on Apr. 26 2013 at 11:26 pm
GreenEyesAndPaleSkin SILVER, Carroll, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
If my love were an ocean,
there would be no land.
If my love were a dessert,
you'd see only sand,
If my love was a star-
at night, only light.
And if my love could grow wings,
I'd be soaring in flight.
-Hannah Baker, Thirteen Reasons Why

just keep looking :)