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Teenage BFFs

My friend for whom I keep a spot

Close within my heart protected

From the critical darts I aim at my other friends

(Friends who are fat, selfish, rude

Or in other ways do not deserve

The attentions of my pleasant mood)

Has quite a bit of nerve.

She told me today she thought of me

As selfish, self-absorbed, and distant

Easily distracted during intimate conversations

And, though we’ve been BFFs for years,

Considered me barely an acquaintance

Not worth nearly as much consideration

As her other so fond friends.

I wonder why I thought her so special.

She, after all, is quite selfish and rude

And in this last year has gained a pound or two.

I think next time I’m in a pleasant party mood

I’ll call some of my other friends instead of her.

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