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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 Greg Kerr (11/5/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    I love this poem and have been touting it for decades to anyone who will listen. I am a tad disappointed by the Reader of the audio piece, however. What would Roger McG say of one who reads this treasure in a flat, Mid Atlantic drawl with apparently no sense of the irony and the humour? Get a full-on, educated Liverpudlian to do it!
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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. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  15. 15. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  16. 16. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  17. 17. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  19. 19. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  20. 20. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  21. 21. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  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. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  26. 26. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  27. 27. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  28. 28. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  29. 29. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  30. 30. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  31. 31. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  32. 32. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  33. 33. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  34. 34. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  35. 35. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  36. 36. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  37. 37. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  38. 38. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  39. 39. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  40. 40. Death , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  42. 42. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  43. 43. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  44. 44. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  45. 45. A Baby's Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  46. 46. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. Death , Heinrich Heine
  48. 48. The Death Of Santa Claus , Charles Harper Webb
  49. 49. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  50. 50. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
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