April 28, 2009

me and books: poetry

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 brigther night lights,
Healthier hamsters, and
Basketball baskets forty-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 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.
* Gorgeous illustrations by Lynne Cherry
for Judith Viorst's book with the same title.

1 comment:

Jeanne Selep said...

These illustrations are great!

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