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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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teenink.com/users/Darius_Nobles Please Leave Constructive Criticism, There's always room for improvement. Thanks Enjoy.
Sep. 14, 2015 at 10:26 AM • Report
It was a beautiful poem. It was mvoing and inspirational, but at the same time it was sad and haunting. i love the ending the most, it was sweet and thought provoking, it is a nice conclusion to the poem. know a lot of people are asking this, so i understand if you don't want to, but i am an aspiring author and would love you to check out my stories. your feedback would mean a lot to me, so thanks for considering. keep up the good work.
Aug. 23, 2015 at 5:49 PM • Report
And this is what perry was created for.
May. 27, 2015 at 8:06 PM • Report
Awesome poem, please check out mine?teenink.com/poetry/free_verse/article/801881/Not-Always-Fair/
May. 27, 2015 at 10:29 AM • Report
That is great!! Please check out my poem and like it please!: teenink.com/poetry/free_verse/article/709809/MeWho-i-want-to-be/
May. 27, 2015 at 3:10 AM • Report
Very relatable and deep! Well done.
May. 05, 2015 at 6:20 PM • Report
Amanda I.
This poem makes me happy (:
May. 05, 2015 at 6:03 PM • Report
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