If I Were in Charge of the World.

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A poem by a 3rd grader I like to call the Evil Spawn

 Poetry is Cool.

If I were in charge of the world

I’d cancel unkindness,

violence, Reading, and also

English homework.


If I were in charge of the world

there’d be happiness,

Math, and

My Weird School books.


If I were in charge of the world

you wouldn’t have bad books,

You wouldn’t have 1-4 point A.R. books.

You wouldn’t have empty lots.

Or “talking in line.”

You wouldn’t even have broken buildings.


If I were in charge of the world.

A chocolate covered donut

would be a vegetable.

All dogs would be Beagles.


And a person who forgot to brush her hair,

and sometimes forgot to put on her flip flops,

would still be allowed to be

in charge of the world.



Hopefully, she gets a good grade since she is now a published author on a moderately read blog.

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13 Responses to “If I Were in Charge of the World.”

  1. Gina Bergman
    on Apr 30th, 2010
    @ 7:53 am

    My favorite line is the one about how you wouldn’t have “talking in line.” I’m dying laughing. I do this with my seventh graders, so it is interesting to see the quotes change by grade level. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing. I give it a 100. (except “evil spawn” isn’t on my roll, so good luck cashing that in for the GPA.)

  2. Angie
    on Apr 30th, 2010
    @ 8:59 am

    She’s brillant; I’m guessing she gets that from her mother.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Angie, That hurts.

    It’s true.

    But it still hurts.

  3. Alicia Kessler
    on Apr 30th, 2010
    @ 9:33 am

    She’s got my vote.

  4. Diane
    on Apr 30th, 2010
    @ 9:39 am

    “A chocolate covered donut would be a vegetable.” She’s got my vote too.

    LOL at Angie.

  5. Tim
    on Apr 30th, 2010
    @ 10:18 am

    “EvilSpawn 2012″

  6. Tom
    on Apr 30th, 2010
    @ 1:28 pm

    One of the greatest poems I’ve ever read. I think she has a future, and may even surpass her father.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Tom, May????

    I think you mean she already has.

    I could only have dreamed of knowing what she knows in 3rd grade. At that age I was a clueless, slobbering, pathetic shell of a human being…

    oh wait, that’s now.

  7. Sherry Ann Adams
    on Apr 30th, 2010
    @ 2:55 pm

    Evil Spawn and Buddy on the same ticket – unbeatable!

  8. Dianne Murray
    on Apr 30th, 2010
    @ 3:36 pm

    I’d adopt her in a minute!! Guess then I’d be mother of 36!!

  9. Jackie
    on May 1st, 2010
    @ 10:57 am

    Where does she stand on swimming? ;)

  10. Dave George
    on May 4th, 2010
    @ 1:23 pm

    Chocolate covered donuts aren’t a vegetable? Well…that explains some things. I loved this poem! She’s clearly talented.

  11. sarah
    on Feb 14th, 2012
    @ 3:44 pm

    these r really great.i wish i would write one just like those

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