If I Were in Charge of the World MAG

By Jessica Bolluyt, Easton, PA

(Apologies to Judith Viorst)
If I were in charge of the world
My favorite flip-flops would never wear out.
There would be no books of poems with the
last page missing,
No hairy spiders to hide in the corners.
If I were in charge of the world
I would have a never-ending string of puddles
to jump in,
And mothers would never scold their children
for tracking mud halfway down the hall.
If I were in charge of the world
There would never be hungry but always satisfied,
Except in the classroom, where
There would be endless shelves of books to feed
voracious minds.
I would find a way to make it easier
For everyone to understand that sometimes the same
stars can make
multiple constellations,
And that Archimedes was right:
You can move the world if only you have a lever and
a place to stand.



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on Nov. 10 2014 at 1:09 am
TakeAGuessKatara SILVER, Beltsville, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"Live for tomorrow, remember today, and smile because you survived yesterday," by Me

I completly concur :) 

on Oct. 19 2014 at 6:21 pm
mads1827 BRONZE, West Chazy, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Be who you are, not what you feel because those who mind don't matter, And those who matter don't mind.



-Dr. Suess

I believe this poem is extrodinary and you are going places.

on Sep. 27 2014 at 2:47 pm
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
81 articles 5 photos 1492 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

Your poem is inspiring and has a lot of truth, also. Alos, congrats on having this published. You deserve it. 

on Sep. 27 2014 at 2:26 pm
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
81 articles 5 photos 1492 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

Oh, wow. I love this. It's amazing. You have such a talent and greatness in you; believe that becuase you do. Thank you so much, for sharing this. 

on Jun. 9 2014 at 6:27 am
leftblank SILVER, Essex, Other
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Favorite Quote:
'I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around.' - Charles Bukowski

I love this poem, how it doesn't rhyme but flows throughout perfectly - bbbbeautiful :)

on May. 18 2014 at 5:24 pm
Bronwyn-Sophronia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
318 articles 10 photos 1159 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

I have one word for this poem: AMAZING! (and an emoticon) XD

ShadowPen GOLD said...
on May. 18 2014 at 4:44 pm
ShadowPen GOLD, Mesa, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

― Marilyn Monroe

Gorgeous free verse. I could feel the flusteredness of the writer. I actually really enjoy the fact it didnt have rhythm. because life itself is not a mix of patterns and rhyms. life is so much more complicated. and you wrote it beautifully. Please, keep writing.

doriiiiiiiii said...
on May. 12 2014 at 10:16 am
why is everyone talking abou t"beautiful"

on Apr. 26 2014 at 9:00 pm
TaylorWintry DIAMOND, Carrollton, Texas
72 articles 0 photos 860 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby." - Unknown

Really deep and meaningful. I liked this, but I think maybe a little rhythm and rhyme could've made it a lot better. Don't get me wrong; I love this. I really do. Maybe you could add some variation to it by adding more poetic devices and stuff, but it's really cool so far. Good job!

on Mar. 13 2014 at 12:52 pm
PaperclipMonday, Walnut Bottom, Pennsylvania
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Awesome poem.. Even awesomer if had a  little rhythm

EEKgirl GOLD said...
on Feb. 20 2014 at 12:02 am
EEKgirl GOLD, Tigard, Oregon
15 articles 2 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
Those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~ George Santayana

This is beautiful. I love it. If only... 

Blynn SILVER said...
on Nov. 23 2013 at 2:44 pm
Blynn SILVER, Waco, Texas
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Love this. the ending is beautiful. 

on Nov. 23 2013 at 1:02 pm
EmilyAnne1 BRONZE, Frisco, Texas
2 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

I love endings that make you think, the kind that stay with you for awhile. Yours certainly stayed with me. Great job :)

on Nov. 23 2013 at 1:18 am
poohbearpoelala, Scar, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Live everyday like it is your last

This is a beautiful peice of writing!I love it:D

on Nov. 1 2013 at 3:48 pm
Jessica Whelan BRONZE, Ramsey, New Jersey
4 articles 0 photos 5 comments
Pretty poem, really enjoyed it! I like the stanza on puddles and mother's not scolding children for being children...very real.  

Spruce15 said...
on Nov. 1 2013 at 10:38 am
Dear carlmarks15--poets actually encourage aspiring writers to use cliche themes to 'get into the flow of it'.   I found that line about Archimedes interesting! And if the poet is supposed to tell readers what to imagine, won't they get bored?  In the end, it's the reader's interpretation of the poem that counts. Thanks! ~Spruce.

kyli3kat GOLD said...
on Nov. 1 2013 at 9:11 am
kyli3kat GOLD, Moorhead, Minnesota
13 articles 1 photo 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
words are what remain

No imagery? The whole poem itself is imagery. And maybe you're reading it wrong, because I definetely heard some flow in there. Also, it was quite rude of you to state that the only reason you gave this poem 1/5 is because you couldn't give it 0/5. A bit rude.   I thought this was a lovely poem full of beautiful imagery and ideas. My favorite part was the part about the constellations. 

rokkozee323 said...
on Oct. 10 2013 at 4:42 pm
rokkozee323, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Be more creative, I have heard this theme 1000 times but this isn't even a creative version, there is no flow or imagery or anything, nothing to like about this poem. The only reason I rated this poem as 1/5 is because I could't rate it 0/5. Cliche concept, overall horrific job. Good try though!

on Oct. 10 2013 at 3:40 pm
Demoderby PLATINUM, Pontiac, Illinois
28 articles 13 photos 93 comments

Favorite Quote:
All that we see or dream is but a dream within a dream
-Edgar Allen Poe

ya I know, it would be awesome!! I'm a mud baby... ... :3 MUDD!!

on Oct. 10 2013 at 2:37 pm
Demoderby PLATINUM, Pontiac, Illinois
28 articles 13 photos 93 comments

Favorite Quote:
All that we see or dream is but a dream within a dream
-Edgar Allen Poe

I remember for school one day we had to write something like that. I like it your way, I would totally live there... Also would animals and people have equal rights? I think that animals should rule over the people, well other than a few




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