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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 - 0 Points Liza Berger (4/10/2018 4:09:00 PM)

    Hello, everyone. I am trying to find a somewhat humorous poem about death that I heard a few years ago and just loved. As I recall, it was about how the best way to go is to be completely used up at the end of life, our bodies completely spent. Does anyone know this poem? I'd love to find it again. Thank you in advance. (Report) Reply

    Rookie Jo Carter (4/22/2018 4:42:00 AM)

    Try John Donne.

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    Rookie Ian Coutts (4/13/2018 3:45:00 PM)

    You came searching for this poem, and after reading it that's all you could think about it?

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  • Rookie Anita palmet (4/4/2018 11:18:00 AM)

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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. 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 , Rainer Maria Rilke
  14. 14. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  15. 15. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  16. 16. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  19. 19. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  20. 20. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  21. 21. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  22. 22. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  23. 23. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  25. 25. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  26. 26. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  27. 27. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  28. 28. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  29. 29. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  30. 30. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  31. 31. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  32. 32. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  33. 33. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  34. 34. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  35. 35. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  36. 36. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  37. 37. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  38. 38. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  39. 39. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  40. 40. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  41. 41. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  42. 42. Death , William Butler Yeats
  43. 43. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  44. 44. Death , Heinrich Heine
  45. 45. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  46. 46. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  47. 47. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  48. 48. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  50. 50. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
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