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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

  • Rookie - 54 Points Brian Mawadri (2/23/2017 6:11:00 PM)

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

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  • Rookie - 471 Points Rajnish Mishra (2/19/2017 11:15:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie Tina Veilleux (1/10/2017 6:20:00 AM)

    A death is like a river of tears the sorrow will go on forever one day that river will dry up sorrow will empty out forever. Out with the sorrow and in with the new . a brand new life begins with you. (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. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  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. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  12. 12. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  15. 15. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  16. 16. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  17. 17. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  19. 19. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  20. 20. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  22. 22. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  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. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  30. 30. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  31. 31. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  32. 32. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  33. 33. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  34. 34. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  35. 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  36. 36. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  37. 37. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  38. 38. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  39. 39. Death , Heinrich Heine
  40. 40. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  41. 41. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  42. 42. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  43. 43. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  44. 44. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  45. 45. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  46. 46. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  48. 48. Death , William Butler Yeats
  49. 49. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  50. 50. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
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