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A Poem: If I Were in Charge of the World 

If I were in charge of the world
I’d cancel okra,
spider bites, and also moving.

If I were in charge of the world,
There’d be domesticated tigers,
Less nervous guinea pigs and
At least 23 sweets per day.

If I were in charge of the world,
You wouldn’t have allergies.
You wouldn’t have hurt feelings.
You wouldn’t have grocery shopping.
Or, “We have to keep the house spick and span! We’re moving!”
You wouldn’t even have moving against your will.

If I were in charge of the world,
A 4 foot by 7 foot brownie with fudge and frosting
Would be healthy,
You could do whatever, whenever,
And a person who sometimes forgot to sleep,
And sometimes forgot to eat Swiss chard,
Would still be allowed to be

In charge of the world.

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