Let Me Die a Younger Man’s Death by Roger McGough

Let Me Die a Younger Man’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

Roger McGough

Roger McGough
Born: 9 November 1937, Litherland, UK
Nationality: English

McGough is a poet, performance poet, children’s author, playwright, and broadcaster. He presents BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, as well as performing his own poetry. He was one of the leading members of the Liverpool poets influenced by the 1960s Beat poetry and popular music and culture known as the Liverpool poets.

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