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(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

Let Me Die A Youngman's Death

Let me die a youngman's death
not a clean and inbetween
the sheets holywater death
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  • Sean Macaulay (8/24/2013 12:33:00 PM)

    In honor of the ever wonderful Roger McGough*:

    Let Me Die a Henry Youngman's Death

    Take my life—please.

    - - - - - - - -

    * I just discovered Henry Youngman was born in Liverpool too. Small world.

    3 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • Andy Morris (6/23/2013 6:06:00 PM)

    Hang me from
    The highest tree
    If hanging be my destiny
    So at the moment
    That I die
    You'll know I went
    With head held high

    Andy Morris

  • Warner Treuter (5/8/2013 2:54:00 AM)

    This is an ugly poem a, a stupid poem, a hellish poem - but an artistically, undeniably really damn good poem nevertheless.

  • Claire Thomas (4/13/2013 2:07:00 PM)

    Il grow old{i hope} but never up.Saw Him at the playhouse recently and was pleasantly suprised.Great to hear itrecieted.

  • Justin Gonzalez (1/12/2013 4:37:00 AM)

    I love this guy, his mind is in the right place.: P

  • Cecilie Bolvig (11/1/2012 1:08:00 PM)

    woow that shocked me

  • Sreelekha Premjit (9/11/2012 8:37:00 AM)

    what an attitude! lovely!

  • Cassandra Coghlan (4/24/2012 12:32:00 PM)

    This poem causes resentment to well up inside me. Not that I want it to, its a great poem. My indignation comes from knowing how it feels to lose a young man to a young man's life. He was 28. A long life has its own privileges, and price. How dare it feel it the right to turn what is a young man's price into its cherry on top.

  • Matt Mooney (1/19/2012 10:17:00 AM)

    Found your 'Waving at Trains' in a café bookstore in Bondi Beach and loved it. The ingrained humour in this poem is another example of how you turn the serious side of life away from us and yet heighten the meaningfulness of the message in the poem.

  • Bou Aliyya (7/17/2010 6:07:00 AM)

    When I was 20 I took this poem as my motto.
    Today, at 64 and sitting in a hostel in the old city part of Kashgar on the Silk Road, in sweltering temperatures - it's STILL my motto.

    Is it still yours, Roger and, if so, what are you doing about it?

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