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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

  • Bronze Star - 2,351 Points Britte Ninad (5/22/2018 4:04:00 AM)

    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

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  • Rookie Ilham Elhamdaoui (5/20/2018 1:13:00 PM)

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  • Rookie pretty girl (5/19/2018 9:07:00 PM)

    a death realllly I'm on my daddddddds computer and I look at thisssssss wow nice poeeeeem (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 Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  13. 13. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. 15. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  16. 16. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  17. 17. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  19. 19. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  20. 20. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  21. 21. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  22. 22. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  24. 24. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  25. 25. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  26. 26. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  27. 27. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  28. 28. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  29. 29. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  30. 30. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  31. 31. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  32. 32. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  33. 33. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  34. 34. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  35. 35. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  36. 36. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  37. 37. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  38. 38. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  39. 39. Death , Heinrich Heine
  40. 40. Death , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  42. 42. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  43. 43. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  44. 44. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  45. 45. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  46. 46. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  47. 47. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  48. 48. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  50. 50. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
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