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“If the World was Crazy”

If the world was crazy, you know what I’d eat?
A big slice of soup and a whole quart of meat,
A lemonade sandwich, and then I might try
Some roasted ice cream or a bicycle pie,
A nice notebook salad, an underwear roast,
An omelet of hats and some crisp cardboard toast,
A thick maltd milk made from pencils and daisies,
And that’s what I’d eat if the world was crazy.

If the world was crazy, you know what I’d wear?
A chocolate suit and a tie of éclair,
Some marshmellow earmuffs, some licorice shoes,
And I’d read a paper of peppermint news,
I’d call the boys “Suzy” and I’d call the girls “Harry”,
I’d talk through my ears, and I always would carry
A paper umbrella for when it grew hazy
To keep in the rain, if the world was crazy.

If the world was crazy, you know what I’d do?
I’d walk on the ocean and swim in my show,
I’d fly through the ground and I’d skip through the air,
I’d run down the bathtub and bathe on the stair.
When I met someone I’d say “G’bye, Joe,”
And when I was leaving –then I’d say “Hello.”
And the greatest of men would be silly and lazy
So I would be king… if the world was crazy.

-Shel Silverstein

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