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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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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

on May. 7 2015 at 9:15 am
Tete_Bby SILVER, Pensacola, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
" When All Is Said And Done , More Is SAID Than DONE .. "

this is touching. (':

on Apr. 22 2015 at 5:08 pm
DeviousRiverz BRONZE, Holtville, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I become insane with long intervals of horrible sanity." -Edgar Allan Poe

"And GOD will wipe away every tear from their eyes there shall be no more death nor sorrow nor crying there shall be no more pain for all the former things have passed."

I love your poem but I just feel like you could be conveying more emotion through it.....

Vriska BRONZE said...
on Apr. 3 2015 at 2:16 pm
Vriska BRONZE, Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Stay strong

This sounds like my life. I totally know how you feel.

on Mar. 19 2015 at 6:01 am
Iamwhoiam17 GOLD, Lake City Fl, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Just be yourself,if you are happy that's all that matter's.

I really love the way it was written! :) Great job!

on Mar. 18 2015 at 11:27 pm
TheBellroseFairy BRONZE, Miami, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"The only things that are infinite in this world is the universe and human stupidity. And I'm not sure about the former." -Albert Einstein
"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday." Don Marquis

The sentiment shines through, but your line break is all over the place. A true poem sounds as well as it looks on paper. In poetry, or any form of writing for that matter, you must always write out numbers instead of simply typing them. This poem needs more descriptive language, which is a fancy way of saying you need to show and not tell. Most likely, this comment will be buried underneath all the others, but hopefully it reaches you.

on Mar. 18 2015 at 6:09 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 loooooooooove this poem soooooooooooo much. #talented *thumbs up*.BTW if i ever met you i would definitely be your friend, but sadly we on't go to the same school:(. ANYWAYS, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! KEEP WRITING!

on Mar. 18 2015 at 2:33 pm
PaigeByPage SILVER, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
Just because something is difficult, doesn't mean it's impossible.

I absolutely love this! It reminds me of my best friend who is an introvert. Maybe I myself cannot relate but I adore poems that give an inside look on what it is like to be someone else. Very beautiful.

KayRae GOLD said...
on Mar. 10 2015 at 12:30 pm
KayRae GOLD, Arlington Hts, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

I love this poem! I relate to it and I know the feeling

Ana143 GOLD said...
on Feb. 2 2015 at 9:17 pm
Ana143 GOLD, Bolivar, Ohio
17 articles 4 photos 64 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Your always beautiful in my eyes"
"Be who you are not what someone else wants you to be"

That was AMAZING!!! this poem really hits home for me. cause all i wanted was a friend. I love it!

GGauns said...
on Feb. 2 2015 at 11:30 am
GGauns, Ponda, Other
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Favorite Quote:
'We cannot choose to get hurt in this world. But, we do have some say in choosing what can hurt us.'

Really Wow!! I can relate to this poem well...

NoniDoni GOLD said...
on Jan. 12 2015 at 8:37 pm
NoniDoni GOLD, Calabasas, California
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well written and flows nicely

on Jan. 7 2015 at 12:58 am
Mydoublebass BRONZE, Metamora, Illinois
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It's unbelievable how well I can relate to this poem; I am in the same boat as the narrator.

Liyanams026 said...
on Jan. 6 2015 at 11:21 pm
Liyanams026, Euless, Texas
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Very well written. Trying to fit in is a struggle, and all you need is a friend. I like it.

on Nov. 22 2014 at 5:27 am
Enigmapleet BRONZE, Calicut,kerala, Other
3 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
Believe in yourself.........

Beautiful piece of worrk

on Nov. 17 2014 at 11:09 am
Freshatilly BRONZE, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Nice, Well Written piece if work.

Shortz said...
on Oct. 29 2014 at 1:04 pm
Shortz, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't tell me sky's the limit when, there's footprints on the moon" - Paul George

Really good poem.

on Oct. 18 2014 at 7:12 pm
This really seaks to me

on Sep. 23 2014 at 8:07 pm
AlliNeedisMusic SILVER, Easley, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

your poem really speaks to me. i read all the time. in fact i am at the library right now. if u need someone to talk to, i am here!