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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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!
 
Fia-fia said...
Dec. 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

AMAZING! You are very good, this is a great piece of work! Thank you!

:)

 
ManekiNeko replied...
Dec. 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm
You are rude and unconstructive. And rude. Did I mention rude? If you have nothing constructive or nice to say then there is obviously something wrong with your current situation.
 
kama24 replied...
Dec. 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I agree with her! This poem was amazing it defantly got me to thinking how i would want the workd to be like! I love your work and hope to me and hope that people learn to help and not try and to bring you down.

 

 
belieber replied...
Dec. 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm
this poem is amazing! "riley j," have any of yours got submited? if so, good for you, but if not, no need to bring down someone else's because obviously alot more people like this one more than yours.
 
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