About Otwituaries

I started tweeting these poetic obituaries via Twitter on the death of Ernest Borgnine in July 2012. After a while a friend asked if I would gather them together, so I have created this blog as an archive. New Otwituaries will appear here as well as being broadcast via Twitter and Facebook.

All the Otwituaries are written very quickly on the day their subjects pass away, so are clearly lacking in polish or the insight that only comes in time, but they are all from the heart. They represent the people who have, in some way, touched my life - actors, musicians, sporting figures, TV personalities, writers, explorers and assorted others of note.

We live in an age where people are celebrated for the most modest of achievements - news and media ensure that seemingly everyone gets their five minutes of fame if they stick around long enough. It may therefore seem a little morbid or even self-serving on my part to write about the recently-deceased (few if any of whom I have actually met), but these people already enjoy some degree of immortality through their celebrity, and therefore don't need a poem from me. I hope you enjoy reading these short poetic sketches all the same, in the spirit they are intended.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

John Fortune - d. December 31st 2013

Today you accepted a booking 
at the highest establishment.
Your billing reads
Not so much a satirist,
more a way of life.

Read about John Fortune here

Saturday, 21 December 2013

David Coleman - d. December 21st 2013

The stadium empties,
The floodlights fade,
The camera rolls,
The cue is given,
But no voice speaks.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Ronnie Biggs - d. December 18th 2013

Something separated you
from other seedy pimpernels.
Perhaps the audacity 
of your flight, or maybe
Lady Luck's number
in your trouser pocket. 

Read about Ronnie Biggs here 

Monday, 16 December 2013

Joan Fontaine - d.December 15th 2013

They’ll talk of your sister,
your sister and you,
but this is for you alone,
somewhere between
the unknown woman
and the woman 
who found herself.

Read about Joan Fontaine here 

Peter O'Toole - d. December 14th 2013

By night, we saw
two blue suns
and a face, 
once luminous 
as the desert
it owned,
become a cold moon.

Read about Peter O'Toole here

Monday, 9 December 2013

Stan Tracey - d. December 6th 2013

When the music stopped
I touched your piano;
88 keys hot with friction,
steam rising off the strings,
sustain pedal jammed on

Read about Stan Tracey here