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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 Boojwa Zee (7/13/2018 1:59:00 PM)

    Please, this is such a popular and wonderful poem, get someone awake to record a reading for your site. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Haidee Majola (7/4/2018 9:51:00 AM)

    Dark humoured way of looking at death. Very original and a pleasure to read. Oh but the dark of the humour! Topclass read. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hayley crome (7/3/2018 12:23:00 PM)

    ok i had death playing cards means that i’m closer to 💀 (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. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  9. 9. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  11. 11. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  13. 13. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. 15. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  19. 19. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  20. 20. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  21. 21. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  22. 22. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  23. 23. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  25. 25. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  26. 26. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  27. 27. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  28. 28. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  29. 29. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  30. 30. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  31. 31. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  32. 32. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  33. 33. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  34. 34. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  35. 35. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  36. 36. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  37. 37. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  38. 38. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  39. 39. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  40. 40. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  41. 41. Death , Heinrich Heine
  42. 42. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  43. 43. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  44. 44. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. Death , William Butler Yeats
  46. 46. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  47. 47. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  49. 49. A Baby's Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  50. 50. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
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