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.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Lou Reed - d. October 27th 2013

You saw at once
the blackest heart,
the whitest light.
You made us forget ourselves,
and we might wait forever 
for another man like you.

Read about Lou Reed here

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Noel Harrison - d. October 20th 2013

That quiet voice, 
barely a voice at all,
and the fragment 
of your song;
at your passing
I still wonder -
to whom did they belong?

Read about Noel Harrison here 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

M. Scott Carpenter - d. October 10th 2013

Telemetry reports show 
the blip that marked 
the transit of your capsule
has vanished from 
the sweep of our radar.

Read about Scott Carpenter here

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Philip Chevron - d. October 8th 2013

There are thousands
on the water tonight
straining to hear
your final shanty
finding the sea
benign, becalmed.

Read about Philip Chevron here

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Ray Dolby - d. September 12th 2013

In all of your life
you may never have played
a note, spoke a line.
All we know for sure
is that when you went,
you went quietly.

Read about Ray Dolby here

Tom Clancy - d. October 1st 2013

You have 
a new mission;
this time,
neither game 
nor manoeuvre.

Read about Tom Clancy here