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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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,587 Points Jerry Wells (12/11/2017 3:26:00 PM)

    WE ALL HAVE A TIME TO DIE, SO DON'T RUSS IT BECAUSE IT WILL COME ON IT'S OWN TIME (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,701 Points Lungelo S Mbuyazi (12/3/2017 1:54:00 PM)

    Great poem here, by this legend....never read a poem where someone prefers at young age.... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,786 Points Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/3/2017 8:05:00 AM)

    So good to read the lines which intend life in youth. Wish everybody die as such. Good (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. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  14. 14. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  15. 15. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  19. 19. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  20. 20. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  21. 21. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  22. 22. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  23. 23. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  24. 24. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  25. 25. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  26. 26. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  27. 27. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  28. 28. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  29. 29. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  30. 30. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  31. 31. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  32. 32. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  33. 33. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  34. 34. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  35. 35. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  36. 36. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  37. 37. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  38. 38. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  39. 39. Death , Heinrich Heine
  40. 40. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  41. 41. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  42. 42. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  43. 43. Death , William Butler Yeats
  44. 44. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  45. 45. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  46. 46. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) , Heinrich Heine
  49. 49. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  50. 50. A Baby's Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
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