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If I Were in Charge of the World MAG

By Jessica Bolluyt, 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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on Apr. 16 2010 at 3:49 pm
decembersun14 PLATINUM, Winchester, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Life sucks. A lot. But you just have to keep on going. No matter what happens. You can never ever give up. You just have to roll with the punches, go with the flow, and always try your best to keep on going <3"

LOVE IT!! i love how it has an underlying sense of whimsy. very clever and moving as well

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on Apr. 16 2010 at 2:34 pm
LivyFay BRONZE, Groton, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -DR. Seuss

I remember following this template "If I were in charge of the world" last year in English. It was a fun poem to write!

on Apr. 16 2010 at 1:48 pm
Dandelion PLATINUM, Franklin, Massachusetts
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This was fabulous fabulous fabulous fabulous fabulous!

AlexSerino said...
on Apr. 16 2010 at 9:17 am
AlexSerino, Saugus, Massachusetts
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I like your poem. It's nice.:)

on Apr. 16 2010 at 6:34 am
yesimdarrian101 BRONZE, Millville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Everything may not be perfect, but at least we tried." Stephen Jerzak/Chase Coy

wow, your ideas sound really amazing. simply amazing. :)

on Apr. 16 2010 at 6:02 am
Dunkelheitstieg BRONZE, Baldwin, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?,"Leonardo da Vinci.

If you ever actually run for pres. I will totally vote for you, I'm actually serious here.:) <3 the poem.

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on Mar. 25 2010 at 9:50 pm
kysh15, Edmonds, Washington
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loved it! you got my vote if you ever become a politician

on Mar. 25 2010 at 7:50 pm
altavius morris BRONZE, Orlando, Florida
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love the poem i might want you to take charge

on Mar. 25 2010 at 6:47 pm
-alice- PLATINUM, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
I care very little if I am judged by you or any other human court; indeed I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. -1 Corinthians 4:3-4

Bravo. I really liked that

on Mar. 25 2010 at 5:18 pm
SarClark BRONZE, NC, Connecticut
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lovec love love! i did sumn like this, was this based off the other one?

on Mar. 25 2010 at 5:14 pm
Zithia PLATINUM, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"It makes no difference who or what you are, old or young, black or white, pagan, Jew, or Christian, I want to love you all and be loved by you all, and I mean to have your love." -Victoria Woodhull

Great! Why does it say "sorry to Judith Viorst" at the begining?

on Mar. 25 2010 at 3:48 pm
shelterisland GOLD, Montclair, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
-Biting's excellent. It's like kissing only there's a winner."-Doctor Who, The Tardis

LOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

on Mar. 25 2010 at 3:28 pm
firstsnowfalls DIAMOND, Marcellus, New York
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wow. GREAT job!

on Mar. 25 2010 at 3:11 pm
psychedelic_wAves, Austin, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way"~ Axl Rose quote

capturing the world we all want great :)

.rauha said...
on Mar. 25 2010 at 1:45 pm
Wow, this is really pretty. It captures the essence of living perfectly. It's in the small moments of jumping into puddles and always having something to read.

on Mar. 9 2010 at 7:57 am
softlylara BRONZE, Staten Island, New York
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love it <3

on Mar. 3 2010 at 4:58 pm
dancer16 BRONZE, Auburn, New York
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Great job! I really liked it!

on Mar. 3 2010 at 4:00 pm
teenbookworm14 PLATINUM, Plainfield, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"Nothing gold can stay" -Robert Frost

This was amazing! I will definitely look at your other poems! GREAT job! keep writing

on Feb. 25 2010 at 4:15 pm
artfromtheheart BRONZE, Sharon, Massachusetts
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Hey, I wrote a poem recently alot simliar to this, and I was so suprised that someone else wrote like I did! If you guys have time, heres the link: http ://www.teenink .com /poetry/all/article/180406/Everybit-Makes-A-Difference/

on Feb. 10 2010 at 7:14 pm
crazyforchrist GOLD, Sidney, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
1 timothy 4:12 Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

This is really good. haha I love poetry that connects personally especially to a childhood. I did an "I am from..." poem for my english class and am going to submit it soon. I will definitely be looking at the rest of your poems!