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Let Me Die A Youngman's Death

Rating: 4.1

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

Bou Aliyya 17 July 2010

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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Cassandra Coghlan 24 April 2012

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.

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Susan Williams 06 October 2015

I love the way he handles words- running them together, chasing them from line to line, and I like that he doesn't want to slip peacefully into the night

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Andy Morris 23 June 2013

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

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Teenage Mawuto 06 February 2016

I have decided to dig his grave and eat his brains

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 07 September 2021

Let me die not as oldie mind and with lazy hands but let me with active hands for everyone

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Chinedu Dike 07 September 2021

Well expressed thoughts and feelings, an insightful piece of poetry.....

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Luis A. Estable 06 August 2021

Not a life or luck I would like to have or live. This young man death not for me and I suppose many others. But it it a very humorous poem, and that`s its merit as poetry.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 05 August 2021

A well executed poem has been rightly selected as the modern poem of the poem of the day. Congratulations.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 05 August 2021

WOW! Again Poem Hunter's choice as The Modern Poem Of The Day! 5 Stars full and Congratulations, Sir!

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