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.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Lewis Collins - d. November 27th 2013

All the car chases, 
opportunist seductions; 
when they end, 
we’ll bury you 
beneath a disused warehouse, 
holiest of holy ground.

Read about Lewis Collins here

John Graham ('Araucaria') - d. November 26th 2013

4 across
& 17 down
Passed on - to a more
appropriate location?

Read more about 'Araucaria' here.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

John Tavener - d. November 12th 2013

The veil has descended,
but your complex song
remains, sempre allargando.
There will be no long
coda; your piece is ended.