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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., Brooklyn, NY

(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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56 comment(s)
Very well written, the second last stanza is beautifully expressed, and the last one is my favorite.
Jan. 18, 2017 at 4:55 AM • Report
great word choice. this is the first poem that i read from the page (i joined today) and it definitely caught my attention
Jan. 10, 2017 at 10:56 PM • Report
You have an amazing way with words, and I truly love your work so much.
Dec. 19, 2016 at 9:00 PM • Report
I love this piece, it shows your true character and expresses the wishes that you hold, shared by many.
Dec. 19, 2016 at 6:06 PM • Report
Aug. 09, 2016 at 11:53 PM • Report
This is beautiful. I love this so much!
Aug. 09, 2016 at 10:01 AM • Report
This is a beautiful, clever, and inspirational poem! I really enjoyed reading that :)
Jun. 04, 2016 at 12:27 PM • Report
wow! i love this.
Apr. 21, 2016 at 6:38 PM • Report
Boom Baby that was sweet
Apr. 21, 2016 at 1:14 PM • Report
I love it, you are an amazing writer.
Apr. 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM • Report