poet Roger McGough

Roger McGough

#23 on top 500 poets

Let Me Die A Youngman's Death

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

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003
Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Let Me Die A Youngman's Death # 24 poem on top 500 Poems
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  • L Milton Hankins (9/20/2020 8:46:00 PM)

    I absolutely love this poem. And, as an older man I can sympathize with the feeling!

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (9/15/2020 11:46:00 PM)

    The caption is alright but the contents are scary!

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/15/2020 11:32:00 PM)

    This is the expeditious world; there need everyone, righteous rulers to volunteers, child to old; but we need to die as young man's death; this world needs the active hands; those are by born lazy no needs them; those are the king of glittering orating no needs them; those are want to live as parasite no needs them; this world needs very diligent hands

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/15/2020 11:30:00 PM)

    Let me die a young man's death
    not a free from SlN tiptoe in
    candle wax and waning death
    not a curtains drawn by angels borne
    'what a nice way to go' death.....great expressive;

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (9/15/2020 11:02:00 PM)

    CONGRATULATIONS, dear great Poet! Why so much about the melancholy dead?
    But you make a best Ode to this phenomena. Several stages of age you are declamating here. WOW! You speak beautiful English. Such a nicest listening to your voice, dear Poet. Perhaps I am flattering, but that is the truth. A 10 Ful Score. WOW! you are #30 on top 500, WOW!

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (9/15/2020 1:48:00 PM)

    Life's journey! !

    Life and death! ! ! !

    'Candle wax and waning death'!



    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • L Milton Hankins (9/15/2020 1:47:00 PM)

    Roger, this is a wonderful poem. It moves right along with rhyme, humor, and thoughtfulness. One of my favorites!

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (9/15/2020 10:59:00 AM)

    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
    a v ery good poem. tony

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  • Deluke MuwanigwaDeluke Muwanigwa (9/15/2020 9:35:00 AM)

    This is nice. So how did he die? Great morbidity said in a lively poetic way

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