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Carpe Diem, My Friends

Sarah Vernon

Joined June 2010

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Featured in Image Writing 23 April 2013.

I created this collage in Photoshop to illustrate a post on my blog about the Liverpool poet Roger McGough and his poem ‘Let me die a youngman’s death’. I had not intended it as a work for sale but the more I looked at it, the more I thought it had merit enough to offer. The background was created out of my own ephemera, and the bottle of ‘holy water’ is my own. The photograph of The Cavern in Liverpool (yes, that one), the tommy gun and the red sports car are all from Wikimedia Commons. Click here to see my original blog post.

Let me die a youngman’s death 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

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