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, 28 January 2014

Pete Seeger - d. January 27th 2014

You put the civil in civil rights,
the right in civil rights. 
You had 
the clearest voice 
in the world,
singing the only song that mattered.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Roger Lloyd-Pack - d. January 15th 2014

Your face,
gormless, but comforting
as an old shoe,
appears at the window
of the wrong heaven.
A knock;
I'm looking for Roger.
Sorry. He’s gone.

Read about Roger Lloyd-Pack here 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Alexandra Bastedo - d. January 12th 2014

Of all the events
your character foresaw,
you missed this one;
Nemesis, in full 60s garb,
here at the door
to claim you back.

Read about Alexandra Bastedo here

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Sir Run Run Shaw - d. January 7th 2014

The swords of a thousand samurai
are sheathed, laid at your feet.
It is you that is gone, 
but it is we that feel the touch
of the five fingers of death.

Read about Sir Run Run Shaw here

Monday, 6 January 2014

Simon Hoggart - d. January 5th 2014

They will sleep easier tonight;
the pompous, the pretentious,
those on the make, on the take.
The sniper who never misses
has run out of ink.

Read about Simon Hoggart here

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Eusébio - d. January 5th 2014

A cultured pass 
brings two continents
a blast from your boot
and the whole world
cheers your name;
O Rei!

Read more about Eusébio here

Saturday, 4 January 2014