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Let Me Die A Youngman's Death - Poem by Roger McGough

Let me die a youngman's death
not a clean and inbetween
the sheets holywater death
not a famous-last-words
peaceful out of breath death

When I'm 73
and in constant good tumour
may I be mown down at dawn
by a bright red sports car
on my way home
from an allnight party

Or when I'm 91
with silver hair
and sitting in a barber's chair
may rival gangsters
with hamfisted tommyguns burst in
and give me a short back and insides

Or when I'm 104
and banned from the Cavern
may my mistress
catching me in bed with her daughter
and fearing for her son
cut me up into little pieces
and throw away every piece but one

Let me die a youngman's death
not a free from sin tiptoe in
candle wax and waning death
not a curtains drawn by angels borne
'what a nice way to go' death


Comments about Let Me Die A Youngman's Death by Roger McGough

  • Veteran Poet - 1,007 Points John S (3/23/2017 1:22:00 PM)

    Amazing! A great modern poem! Half Wordsworth/ half James Dean! A little Bukowski perhaps.

    ...Let me die in Red Ferrari recklessly driving
    Or from the perilous plunge whist sky diving... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 409 Points Brian Mawadri (2/23/2017 6:11:00 PM)

    beautiful piece............................ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 486 Points Rajnish Mishra (2/19/2017 11:15:00 PM)

    A good one. reminds me of the structure of the seven ages. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  9. 9. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  14. 14. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  15. 15. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  16. 16. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  17. 17. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  19. 19. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  20. 20. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  21. 21. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  24. 24. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  25. 25. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  26. 26. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  27. 27. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  28. 28. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  29. 29. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  30. 30. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  31. 31. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  32. 32. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  33. 33. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  34. 34. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  35. 35. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  36. 36. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  37. 37. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  38. 38. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  39. 39. Death , Heinrich Heine
  40. 40. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  42. 42. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  43. 43. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  44. 44. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  45. 45. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  46. 46. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  47. 47. Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) , Heinrich Heine
  48. 48. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  49. 49. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  50. 50. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
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