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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 Jun. 30 2011 at 8:00 pm
poetfaery BRONZE, Coventry, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
"Some people are like Slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs."

Awesome! I don't think Judith Viorst would mind a bit ;)

on Jun. 30 2011 at 12:07 am
Loverboy12 BRONZE, Bakersfield, California
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Favorite Quote:
Stoooopid is as stoopid does

This poem is just enjoyable to read thank you for sharing

on Jun. 8 2011 at 7:53 pm
rubyrainstorm SILVER, Closter, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Wow....this poem was truly amazing! It was very fresh and light, but still had great meaning. You executed it perfectly! Btw, if anyone has time, please check out my poem, The Girl Inside, and all my other works! Thanks so much! :)

on Jun. 8 2011 at 12:50 pm
DreamerofFear BRONZE, Troy, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Dream without fear love without limits

this is great. thats raw no joke

on May. 25 2011 at 4:27 pm
I am reciting a poem for class and i would love to do this one, I hope your okay with me doing this for school author! I will give you full credit for the poem!

on May. 17 2011 at 6:38 pm
Zero_Black BRONZE, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
If you love something, then let it go,
If it comes back, it's yours forever,
If it leaves you, then it was never meant to be.

very nice. i love your word choice, and the ending part. i like the hunger-book line, too (haha, i was instantly reminded of claymore, high fives to anyone who knows it). and i can really imagine that world, so i think this deserves a 5 star rating!

Ehwaz11 BRONZE said...
on May. 17 2011 at 5:19 pm
Ehwaz11 BRONZE, Hopkinton, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
"It's important to remember that we all have magic inside us."
- J.K. Rowling
“Oh, dead man, you’re dead wrong,” I tell him. “The world goes on stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can’t you see? I do not.” -Andi Alpers, Jennifer Donnelly

This is amazing-I especially loved the Archimedes part and being parts of different constellations...

person123 said...
on May. 12 2011 at 9:05 pm
Im good.....thankyou.....how are you today.............eh???

wombat123 said...
on May. 12 2011 at 9:04 pm
hello how are you today?

on Apr. 25 2011 at 8:07 pm
remembermeplz PLATINUM, Friend, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
"when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace" -- Jimi Hendrix

Fantasic! I love it =) Amazing worded and writen

on Apr. 25 2011 at 2:17 pm
Holy little harsh much... why dont u like it????

jackoff said...
on Apr. 25 2011 at 2:16 pm
great job but who is judith viorst

sexmonkey888 said...
on Apr. 25 2011 at 2:14 pm
Honestly i thought it was fantastic!!!!

on Apr. 25 2011 at 2:12 pm
AMAZING!!! Lol i thought it was great! I hate when my flip flops wear out then i cant wear them cause they look ugly :( :(

kayllaax3 said...
on Apr. 6 2011 at 12:27 pm
I liked this poem because it was strongly worded and opinionated. Great job !

on Apr. 3 2011 at 11:13 pm
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

beautifully written!! great job!! :)

on Apr. 3 2011 at 8:03 pm
Courtttt BRONZE, Norwalk, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"If you want to see me, you must be quick. If you want to catch me, you must be fast. If you want to beat me, you must be kidding!" (; annnd, "Beauty is skin deep; Ugliness is bone deep" ♥

I loved it! Though I did have to look up the word "voracious" (; hahah 

Alasia said...
on Apr. 3 2011 at 6:33 pm
Alasia, Bradenton, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Don't follow a path, make your own, and leave a trail.

me too!! excellent!!!!


on Apr. 3 2011 at 4:31 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

i will most definitely vote for you next time theres a world leader election :)

on Apr. 3 2011 at 12:31 pm
my.freedom.lies.in.free.verse PLATINUM, Tosa, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into a void, and that oblivion is inevitable... and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you." Augustus Waters

wow. amazing one of my favorites :))