Thursday, April 8, 2010

Poetry Friday: If I Were In Charge of the World

So, I know this is a popular poem, but it's one of my favourites, and it seems to always be one of the class favourites every year.  It is a fun one to copy and have students keep the format but change the ideas.  I've always thought that it would make a good beginning of the year bulletin board.

If I were in charge of the world...all work weeks would be four days long and McDonald's cheeseburgers would be a health food.

If I Were In Charge of the World
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.

by Judith Viorst 

This week's round up is hosted by Marjorie at Paper Tigers.


  1. Hi Breanne! I'm so glad that you are out here in the blogosphere promoting language and literacy.

    Looking forward to seeing you again in July,

  2. I'm with you on the four day work weeks, but you can keep the cheeseburgers! I agree that this would make a great beginning-of-the-year activity, but since I am highly unlikely to remember it for that long, I think I'll do it in the next week or so! Maybe testing week, when we all have to do something we really (REALLY) don't want to do...

  3. This was the first time I'd read this gorgeous poem so thank you for profiling it! So heartfelt and earnest. :-)