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

By Jessica B., 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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35 comment(s)
Love it! Please check out my work @JessicaB.It's called Fire or Ice :) :)
Mar. 22, 2015 at 1:04 PM • Report
I love what you said about the constellations :D Well done!
Feb. 06, 2015 at 4:31 PM • Report
I believe this poem is extrodinary and you are going places.
Oct. 19, 2014 at 6:21 PM • Report
Your poem is inspiring and has a lot of truth, also. Alos, congrats on having this published. You deserve it. 
Sep. 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM • Report
I completly concur :) 
Nov. 10, 2014 at 1:09 AM • Report
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. 
Sep. 27, 2014 at 2:26 PM • Report
I love this poem, how it doesn't rhyme but flows throughout perfectly - bbbbeautiful :)
Jun. 09, 2014 at 6:27 AM • Report
I have one word for this poem: AMAZING! (and an emoticon) XD
May. 18, 2014 at 5:24 PM • Report
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.
May. 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM • Report
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!
Apr. 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM • Report