Survivor

Everyday,
I think about dying.
About disease, starvation,
violence, terrorism, war,
the end of the world.

It helps
keep my mind off things.

by Roger McGough

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Very strange motivation from such depressing topics.....
Pessimism grips the mind in old age due to various factors and it is portrayed in this modern poem that may represents nuclear families and disrespect for the old.
There's alot to think about! a ten..very funny..
this poem introduces me to mcgough. it reminds me in its blunt force of poems by stephen crane, poems i think of as naked poems, which i appreciate for their brevity and directness. i've just read several of mcgough's poems in which he's direct and/or humorous. it's refreshing to read someone who cares little for and/or parodies being poetic.
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