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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ken E Hall (8/10/2009 3:50:00 AM)

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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