Roger McGough
The Lesson by Roger McGough

The Lesson by Roger McGough

Chaos ruled OK in the classroomas bravely the teacher walked inthe nooligans ignored himhis voice was lost in the din'The theme for today is violenceand homework will be setI'm ...

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Goodbat Nightman by Roger McGough

Goodbat Nightman by Roger McGough

God bless all policemenand fighters of crime,May thieves go to jailfor a very long time.They've had a hard dayhelping clean up the town,Now they hang from the mantelpieceboth ...

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The Leader by Roger McGough

The Leader by Roger McGough

I wanna be the leaderI wanna be the leaderCan I be the leader?Can I? I can?Promise? Promise?Yippee I'm the leaderI'm the leaderOK what shall we do?

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Let Me Die A Youngman’s Death by Roger McGough

Let Me Die A Youngman’s Death by Roger McGough

Let me die a youngman's deathnot a clean and inbetweenthe sheets holywater deathnot a famous-last-wordspeaceful out of breath deathWhen I'm 73and in constant good tumourmay I be ...

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Cake by Roger McGough

Cake by Roger McGough

i wanted one lifeyou wanted anotherwe couldn't have our cakeso we ate eachother.

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The Identification by Roger McGough

The Identification by Roger McGough

So you think its Stephen?Then I'd best make sureBe on the safe side as it were.Ah, theres been a mistake. The hairyou see, its black, now Stephens fair ...Whats that? The ...

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First Day At School by Roger McGough

First Day At School by Roger McGough

A millionbillionwillion miles from homeWaiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)Why are they all so big, other children?So noisy? So much at home theyMust have been born in ...

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You And I by Roger McGough

You And I by Roger McGough

I explain quietly. Youhear me shouting. Youtry a new tack. Ifeel old wounds reopen.You see both sides. Isee your blinkers. Iam placatory. Yousense a new selfishness.I am a dove. ...

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Survivor by Roger McGough

Survivor by Roger McGough

Everyday,I think about dying.About disease, starvation,violence, terrorism, war,the end of the world.It helpskeep my mind off things.

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The Trouble With Snowmen by Roger McGough

The Trouble With Snowmen by Roger McGough

'The trouble with snowmen,'Said my father one year'They are no sooner madethan they just disappear.I'll build you a snowmanAnd I'll build it to lastAdd sand and cementAnd then ...

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The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

A stranger called this morningDressed all in black and greyPut every sound into a bagAnd carried them awayThe whistling of the kettleThe turning of the lockThe purring of the ...

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Mrs Moon by Roger McGough

Mrs Moon by Roger McGough

Mrs Moonsitting up in the skylittle old ladyrock-a-byewith a ball of fading lightand silvery needlesknitting the night

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The Time I Like Best by Roger McGough

The Time I Like Best by Roger McGough

The time I like best is 6amwhen the snow is 6 inches deepwhich I'm yet to discover'cause I'm under the coversfast, fast asleep.

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Beguiling by Roger McGough

Beguiling by Roger McGough

She is so beguiling That when she beckonsI can run a mileIn twenty seconds.

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Soil by Roger McGough

Soil by Roger McGough

we've ignored eachother for a long timeand I'm strictly an indoor mananytime to call would be the wrong timeI'll avoid you as long as I canWhen I was a boy we were good friendsI ...

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Kinetic Poem No.2 by Roger McGough

Kinetic Poem No.2 by Roger McGough

with lovegive me your handsome strangeris fiction than truthwithout loveI'm justa hasbeen awaytoo long in the tooth.

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Q by Roger McGough

Q by Roger McGough

I join the queueWe move up nicely.I ask the lady in frontWhat are we queuing for.'To join another queue,'She explains.'How pointless,' I say,'I'm leaving.' She pointsTo another ...

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