Judith Viorst

(February 2, 1931)

If I Were In Charge Of The World

Poem by Judith Viorst

If I were in charge of the world
I'd cancel oatmeal,
Monday mornings,
Allergy shots, and also Sara Steinberg.

If I were in charge of the world
There'd be brighter nights lights,
Healthier hamsters, and
Basketball baskets forty eight inches lower.

If I were in charge of the world
You wouldn't have lonely.
You wouldn't have clean.
You wouldn't have bedtimes.
Or "Don't punch your sister."
You wouldn't even have sisters.

If I were in charge of the world
A chocolate sundae with whipped cream and nuts would be a vegetable
All 007 movies would be G,
And a person who sometimes forgot to brush,
And sometimes forgot to flush,
Would still be allowed to be
In charge of the world.


Comments about If I Were In Charge Of The World by Judith Viorst

  • bill gates (4/30/2020 1:58:00 PM)

    wow very.. uhm.. cool? ?(Report)Reply

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  • bill grace (12/1/2019 10:16:00 PM)

    enjoyable read and nice fantasy(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (9/7/2019 1:39:00 PM)

    If I were in charge of the world
    There'd be brighter nights lights,
    Healthier hamsters, and
    Basketball baskets forty eight inches lower. a very good poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • #@$%&* (6/5/2019 12:14:00 PM)

    Coo coo coo cool thats cool(Report)Reply

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  • storm (6/5/2019 12:08:00 PM)

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  • flint (5/15/2019 8:07:00 PM)

    very funnygooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (5/5/2019 2:17:00 AM)

    Very funny. Seems to be an extension of a childhood protest.
    Enjoyed reading it. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Aiden (5/1/2019 8:11:00 PM)

    Good job on your awesome poems!(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Valencia (3/25/2019 1:40:00 PM)

    Wow! Noise!(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (9/12/2018 6:09:00 PM)

    That was a fun read! ! ! Enjoyable, light, and effervescent!(Report)Reply

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  • Athens Grigg (5/17/2018 11:22:00 AM)

    If I were in charge of the world, I would cancel all hunger around the world, let everyone have equal rights, I'd help the poor around the world, and help prevent fights. I would cancel smoking, and all bad drugs. I would build more hospitals around the world, and help the elderly with their lives. I would help make better weapons for the military, with better ammo, I want to make the world a better place, and make everyone happy.(Report)Reply

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  • Dndnfn (3/19/2018 5:43:00 PM)

    Fyf hd hr(Report)Reply

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  • Jocelin (3/12/2018 12:36:00 PM)

    How old were you when you wrote this poem(Report)Reply

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  • Anonomyus (2/9/2018 2:49:00 PM)

    Pretty funny.........................................................(Report)Reply

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  • Students (2/1/2018 9:29:00 AM)

    this is a nice poem and makes you smile(Report)Reply

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  • UNKNOWN (11/14/2017 4:30:00 PM)

    GREAT POEM JUDITH YOU ROCK GIRL! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/8/2017 11:22:00 PM)

    A beautiful wish and it's equally beautiful desired aftermath. A pleasure to read.(Report)Reply

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  • Nika McguinNika Mcguin (4/8/2017 5:57:00 PM)

    I love her ideas, especially the thing about the chocolate sundae being a vegetable! Nevertheless, I'm glad she isn't in charge of the world. It would be a delightfully strange mess lol. All the same I much enjoyed this poem! ~~(Report)Reply

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/8/2017 9:27:00 AM)

    Very fanciful and funny..I'll ask my 6 year old grand daughter how she would run the world..good poem..(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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