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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 Feb. 9 2010 at 9:10 pm
ElijahN PLATINUM, Livonia, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"only after you've lost everything, that you're free to do anything."-Tyler Durdan -Fight Club-

awesome. i like the light-hearted feel to this poem, unlike many of mine.

on Feb. 9 2010 at 3:14 pm
Acalleq PLATINUM, Togiak, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have

i love that longing you hardly see in words. when i read that poem i felt hope and a sense of calm. your poem was cool beans!

on Feb. 9 2010 at 2:49 pm
1COR13 PLATINUM, Anchor Point, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimmi Hendrix

If I were in charge of the world there would turkey-sweatering contests XD

on Dec. 27 2009 at 9:03 am
iAmTheStardust PLATINUM, Moon Twp., Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"The prettiest flowers grow in the biggest pile of manure."

wow. i LOVE this poem!!!

on Nov. 13 2009 at 9:39 pm
CaseyLeigh PLATINUM, Moraga, California
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Favorite Quote:
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to.

Beautiful poem!

on Nov. 13 2009 at 10:00 am
dylonmichael GOLD, El Dorado, Kansas
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Favorite Quote:
i have two one is "live life as if it were your last day on earth" and two is "never make some one your everything because when they leave you you have nothing"

i seriously love this poem its so....deep its amazing i wish you ruled the world

on Oct. 28 2009 at 2:54 pm
XxKathy1111xX SILVER, N/a, New York
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Favorite Quote:
follow me long enough and you'll end up on a field hockey field.

i really like it.... though i thought that the message was good i thought the words were selfish. you wrote basically about what you want and not what could change the world. but you made the message so strong i got what you mean. good job. and i love the last 2 lines... check out my work too plz!

on Oct. 22 2009 at 8:10 pm
NorthernWriter, Fargo, North Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
"Only dead fish swim with the stream"

the last two lines are all it takes for a smile to break on my lips :) LOVE the imagination. tell me what you think of my poems please?

on Oct. 22 2009 at 5:50 pm
hey_itskatelyn PLATINUM, Willis, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
“God, of your goodness, give me yourself; you are enough for me, and anything less that I could ask for would not do you full honour. And if I ask anything that is less, I shall always lack something, but in you alone I have everything”

really awesome. GOOD JOB

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on Oct. 22 2009 at 12:01 pm
Duckie430, Riverside, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
“The secret to life is being who you are and being happy with who you are.”
"Whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger."

omg, i think that this is one of the best poems i've read in a long time. this is very imaginative, & you have alot of talent.

Alexa. SILVER said...
on May. 22 2009 at 6:03 pm
Alexa. SILVER, Stockport, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Henry David Thoreau:

"Envy Is Ignorance."
"Imitation Is Suicide."

This is a rather beautiful poem, with its innocence and philosphical thoughts all rolled together. I really like it. Thank you (:

blonde said...
on Apr. 27 2009 at 5:36 pm
i <3 this poem i luved the last 2 lines

on Apr. 26 2009 at 9:30 pm
jesus_saves GOLD, San Antonio, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
You know somethings wrong when you can't share your thoughts with your self.
-Sadie P. Jackson

Awsome Poem

(Check out my poetry under sydney m. my pen name)

EdytD SILVER said...
on Apr. 23 2009 at 10:07 pm
EdytD SILVER, Livingston, New Jersey
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good job; I like it! :D

on Apr. 23 2009 at 4:32 pm
meganxox SILVER, Park City, Utah
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This is a beautiful apology, great work! It is a beautiful poem!

on Apr. 7 2009 at 9:52 pm
alayapoetgirl BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Life is hard; but it's harder if you're stupid. -John Wayne

i absolutely adore this poem. now its one of my official favorites ever!!

on Apr. 7 2009 at 8:12 pm
fauxvalintine</3 BRONZE, Lenoir City, Tennessee
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Wow that was really great! I loved the last two lines, they were so true! <3 :)))

on Apr. 7 2009 at 4:31 pm
DonnieMangino BRONZE, New Castle, Pennsylvania
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on Apr. 7 2009 at 2:28 pm
My love

I know of someone very close to me

He is very heavy in my heart, he

Has long brown hair

He smells like a hot tub he always

Smiles always look up for something new.

my favorite memories wit him was the first time we kissed, we were in my room when he bent, over to kiss me ever so lightly then after the first we went all out, he never likes my mother but he loved my father, If I see him again I think my hart will pop right out my chest, He is my prince in shining armor my handsome knight my loving knight.

Love is so fragile it would break at the sound of a teardrop.



Claudia Rodgers