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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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62 comment(s)
HereSheIs
I love the way you used the things you did to show that you wanted the world to be a happier, freer place. My favorite sentence was the second to last one: "I would find a way to make it easier for everyone to understand that sometimes the same stars can make multiple constellations."
Apr. 08, 2017 at 10:05 AM • Report
odessasimone
I love that last sentence, brought the point home strong
Mar. 17, 2017 at 7:33 PM • Report
eshaansoman
A great piece, written in a very clever way!
Mar. 17, 2017 at 6:29 PM • Report
HenriksenM
It was a good poem, I just wish you talked about something more relevant and meaningful
Feb. 23, 2017 at 12:50 PM • Report
Arti.M
A very well written writing piece
Feb. 23, 2017 at 6:39 AM • Report
AJAY.UNIYAL
i love the line 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
Feb. 01, 2017 at 9:35 AM • Report
LeisurelySketches
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
jromeo
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
writer2005
You have an amazing way with words, and I truly love your work so much.
Dec. 19, 2016 at 9:00 PM • Report
Patrick82432
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
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