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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 Oelania P, 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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50 comment(s)
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
Awesome poem! I can totally relate
Mar. 30, 2016 at 8:38 AM • Report
this is a very fantastic article!!! can't wait to read it!!!!!!
Mar. 08, 2016 at 11:47 AM • Report
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Jan. 24, 2016 at 11:39 PM • Report
This was really beautiful (I can totally relate)! It sounded so professional.
Nov. 19, 2015 at 3:48 PM • Report
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