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

Comments (5)

Beautifully written. It left a strong impression on me.10 +
you can certainly do it all. jump from burlesque to beautiful in a single bound. Jake
awwww. That is so sweet... what have you done with real Lea? ; -) chuck
Hmm, I wonder who once flinched at the idea of 'soppy' sentiment? ...: -) A beautiful and touching piece of writing. Warmest wishes, Gina.
Lea... what a lovely tribute, but more: a kiss to her who loves you so much. Beautiful.