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

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

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

    3 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • (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

  • (3/19/2018 5:43:00 PM)

    Fyf hd hr (Report) Reply

  • (3/12/2018 12:36:00 PM)

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

  • (2/9/2018 2:49:00 PM)

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

  • (2/1/2018 9:29:00 AM)

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

  • (11/14/2017 4:30:00 PM)

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

  • (4/8/2017 11:22:00 PM)

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

  • Nika 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

  • (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

  • (4/8/2017 5:18:00 AM)

    Brilliantly written? you have got my vote! ......best wishes on a very good write. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (4/8/2017 3:10:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. Enjoyed reading it (which is not very often) . Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Jojo Pescador (4/8/2017 1:54:00 AM)

    this poem could actually be used in choric speech.. wonderful composition... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/8/2017 1:27:00 AM)

    In charge of the world! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/8/2017 12:57:00 AM)

    Actually the world's worst situation is charged to mankind.... thanks for posting... (Report) Reply

  • (11/28/2016 4:23:00 PM)

    (If I Were In Charge Of The World by Judith Viorst.) **A job I’d never want. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (11/15/2015 3:06:00 PM)

    I am no child but I would like to write my own IF I WERE IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD. What a delightful assignment for elementary and middle school students. I shiver, though, to hear what high school teens would come up with! (Report) Reply

  • (5/26/2015 12:03:00 AM)

    Exactly how i feel about this topic. Thank you... (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (4/7/2015 7:47:00 PM)

    Right there with you, Judith (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2012 7:13:00 PM)

    my nine year old rewrote this poem today in her class as part of an assignment.
    and the last stanza she came up with reads thus:

    If I were in charge of the world
    Movies that I love would have a sequel
    And all vitamin drinks would taste like soda
    And a person who scribbled on the wall
    And a person who said they would always be small
    Would still be allowed to be in charge of the world

    (Report) Reply

Read all 26 comments »

# 136 poem on top 500 Poems

User Rating:
4,1 / 5 ( 112 votes ) 26

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: chocolate, sometimes, sister, lonely, world

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]