2021

2021

The 2021 Poet Laureate is Alexis Radhakrishnan. Her poem is titled "Problems for Another Day."

Verse 1:

I step outside my front door.

I wanna go back in for,

A cup of tea and some confronting.

I’ll hide in my kitchen 

And just sit and listen

to the demolition

Happening in my line of vision.

 

Chorus:

I don’t wanna go outside today.

and watch my whole world crumble from 

what it was yesterday.

Failed plans, masks, and online learning,

I wouldn’t be surprised if you told ’em I was

dreaming.

So I don’t wanna go outside today

I’ll save these problems for another day.

 

Verse 2:

I turn on the TV,

to distract me from what’s happening

Outside

only to see-

Hit and runs,

and abused drugs,

viruses, 

and gun violence.

All lightened up by a high school grad

and their proud dad

 

Chorus:

But they don’t wanna go outside today

and watch their whole world crumble from 

what it was yesterday.

Failed plans.

Masks, and online learning

They wouldn’t be surprised if you told ’em

they were dreaming.

They don’t wanna go outside today

just save these problems for another day.

 

Bridge:

But here’s my deep-rooted issue

We can’t let our ignorance continue 

We’re the new additions

after our graduation

We’ve learned what we’re supposed to say

to make today all okay

and keep tomorrow from going away

 

Verse 3:

I’ll pull out my phone

to try and figure out how to fix this, alone.

Google says it can’t be done,

but with a little bit of everyone…

 

Chorus:

Maybe we’ll go outside today

And let the old world crumble from what it

was yesterday.

Failed plans, masks, and graduating,

While we wouldn’t be surprised if you told

us we were dreaming

We’ve all got to go outside today

To save these problems from another day

 

Refrain:

We’ve all got to go outside today

and save these problems from another day

We’re about to step outside, today.

 

–Alexis Radhakrishnan

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