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.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Harold Ramis - d. February 24th 2014

Woke up. Wrote. Directed. Slept.
Woke up. Wrote. Directed. Slept.
Woke up. Wrote. Directed. Slept.
Woke up. Wrote. Directed. Died.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Sid Caesar - d. February 12th 2014

Your life of lives
was always other people,
other voices, other faces,
a showreel of expressions,

a ninety-year ad lib.

Watch Sid Caesar here 

Read about Sid Caesar here

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Shirley Temple - d. February 10th 2014

You had three deaths;
the first at 6, 
Oscar in hand,
then again at 21,
as good as dead.
your adult self,
a child we hardly knew.

Read about Shirley Temple here 

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman - d. February 2nd 2014

We remarked so often
on your delivery,
the truth of your role.
Sad then, to see you
hit your mark so early,
way before your cue.

Read more about Philip Seymour Hoffman here