Roger McGough

(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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Comments about this poem (Let Me Die A Youngman's Death by Roger McGough )

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 68 Points 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 18 Points 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? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shannon Monroe (2/15/2010 8:38:00 AM)

    very good, its very intersting. i liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jack Williams (8/24/2009 5:39:00 AM)

    This poem made me chuckle, and, what's more, I agree! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,231 Points Ken E Hall (8/10/2009 3:50:00 AM)

    Thanks for the giggle for a real funny poem enjoy everyday
    uavanice1 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie S Syahmi (7/13/2009 2:38:00 AM)

    lovely such nice and beautifully carved words are fit as it is..
    a work worth reading.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ahtivah Lawton (7/3/2009 5:56:00 PM)

    wooooowww...that is deep and beautifully written (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dinesh Soundararajan (4/30/2009 6:45:00 AM)

    this is really appealing (Report) Reply

  • Rookie nothing over (4/27/2009 11:19:00 PM)

    Great poem, check out my poems too (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Woods (3/16/2009 4:44:00 PM)

    I like this poem, but it feels as if it ran out of fizz in the last verse. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maisha Abdul-rahman (2/22/2009 7:13:00 AM)

    i luv dis
    there is nothing to mis (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Amy Douglass (Fifita) (2/21/2009 2:05:00 AM)

    Nice poem. Kind of amusing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rita Shay (2/2/2009 4:46:00 PM)

    This poem is freaken awesome (Report) Reply

  • Rookie April Mccarty (1/9/2009 1:51:00 AM)

    This was great! I love it when poems make me giggle. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elbert Matt Loubser (12/17/2008 4:26:00 AM)

    What many people don't realise is that a life lived in total safety, safety of mind body and spirit, and constant religous habit is only a spritualy dead life. God needs us to show spunk. The writer would rather die young and full of fire than old and vegetable-like (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 4 Points Martin O'Neill (9/25/2008 11:49:00 AM)

    Thank God you haven't died yet Roger! The world would be a poorer place without your wit. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Martine Boucher (9/24/2008 4:47:00 PM)

    HI ROGER mcgough, OMG your words are awsome and i never read anything like it... i dont no it hit me hard this one! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Obed Akuma (7/29/2008 6:32:00 AM)

    Yes die a young man's death but know that God will be pleased to have you have at His side for eternity. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mark Hernadez (4/6/2008 8:08:00 PM)

    dam man i maybe juss a yougster but hey when i get dat old i hope i go out dat way getting shot up or hit by a car dam dat really was a great poem (Report) Reply

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