If I Were in Charge of the World This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By
(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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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Hoodster said...
May 3, 2012 at 10:24 am
 check my work out...ive never done poetry before just decided to give it a try:P
 
Lokelani replied...
Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:47 am
Hey, Hoodster, I read your poem "Dream Girl". Are you sure you've never written poetry before? (GOOD JOB!)
 
lucky luke said...
May 3, 2012 at 8:00 am
i like d you poem it wasvery good i really liked the hyperboles in your poem and i also liked the meter
 
georgiapeach328 said...
Apr. 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm
I love this poem!! I love the part about the flip- flops!! :)
 
Anonymous_7 said...
Apr. 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm
Great job! Thats all i have to say.
 
GraceMarie said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Oh I see. Well this is really good.
 
james14 said...
Mar. 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! nuthin else to say but that!!!!!!
 
NaomiStatia said...
Mar. 20, 2012 at 11:03 am
Amazing, mouth-gaping, speech impedimented, inspiring, truthful, going-back-for-fourths, enthralling, mindboiling good. It makes Yates look like a second hand poet! WOW! :)
 
MarieAntoinette2012 replied...
Sept. 24, 2012 at 11:15 am
Whoa!!! I like this poem to but easy on Yates, my friend.
 
Annoymous said...
Feb. 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm
pretty good :)
 
Dancing2222 said...
Feb. 27, 2012 at 10:10 am
Wow!! Love the perspective. Great use of language. I posted an article similar to this, but I give a different perspective. It's called "Wouldn't it be nice"
 
GraceMarie said...
Feb. 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm
Sorry If I am being rude in any way or invading your privacy but I am interested in who Judith is that you apologized to at the begining...?
 
TTTeeSS replied...
Mar. 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm
Judith viorst is a poet who wrote a poem called if I were in charge of the world. Very different, just same idea.
 
Bookworm1997 said...
Feb. 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm
Wow! I love this, and I completely agree...especially the part about spiders.
 
MoonFire said...
Jan. 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm
I love it!!!!!!!!! If you have a chance i would love if u would check out some of my work. ^_^
 
Nothing_Is_Real said...
Jan. 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm
This is beautifully written. I wish you were in charge of the world, so that all these things would happen. Good luck with domination :)
 
scenesoccerqueen replied...
Jan. 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm
I so agree!!
 
awensman95 said...
Dec. 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm
I wish I was in charge of the world!
 
arcanine24 said...
Dec. 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm
this is really really good. I liked it!
 
Nick5 said...
Dec. 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm
That's cool! I like it!
 
ElleNicole said...
Dec. 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm
This is really really good. Nice job, I'm impressed. Would you mind checking out my stuff? Thanks!
 
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