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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 - 160 Points CHINONSO IGWE (7/5/2017 4:15:00 AM)

    nice one, i think the contradiction used in this poem makes it a little more of a dirge (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,784 Points Suresh Raavi (6/23/2017 7:58:00 PM)

    Good narration. nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,037 Points Alwi Shatry (6/18/2017 11:23:00 PM)

    No escaping the fact that Death has the last say on how we depart, except when we take our lives. Even in the latter case, if you believe in Destiny, Death still has the last word. Thought-provoking write, though. (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. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  9. 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  13. 13. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  14. 14. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  15. 15. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  16. 16. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  19. 19. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  20. 20. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  21. 21. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  22. 22. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  23. 23. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  24. 24. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  25. 25. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  26. 26. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  27. 27. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  28. 28. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  29. 29. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  30. 30. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  31. 31. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  32. 32. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  33. 33. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  34. 34. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  35. 35. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  36. 36. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  37. 37. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  38. 38. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  39. 39. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  40. 40. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  41. 41. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  42. 42. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  44. 44. Death , William Butler Yeats
  45. 45. Death , Heinrich Heine
  46. 46. Death Of A Poet , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  47. 47. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  48. 48. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  49. 49. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  50. 50. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
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