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, 20 May 2014

Julian Wilson - d. 20th April 2014

One furlong out
and it's Sidmouth Boy
followed by The Patrician
in the sheepskin noseband

but at the line
it's Mr Raffish

and the rest nowhere.

Read about Julian Wilson here 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Eli Woods - d. May 1st 2014

Who's in the box?
Our Eli.

Aye. 'E were a legend.
There's no room for 'im,
it's already full o' them.
You could ask 'em 
to move up a bit.

Read about Eli Woods here

See his famous 'Box' sketch here

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

H. R. Giger - d. May 12th 2014

Death can hold
no fears for you;
you already saw
the interior of Hell,
designed it,
painted it,
passed it on.

Read about H. R. Giger here