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.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Bobby Womack - d. June 27th 2014

It's all over now,
but your soul
wrote such poetry.
And though the struggle’s
not yet done,
it’s time for you to cross 
that wide, wide street.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Eli Wallach - d. June 24th 2014

Your fate was to be cast,
over and over,
as the baddest of the bad,
the ugliest of the ugly.
In the end,
it was all good.

Read about Eli Wallach here 

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Terry Richards - d. June 17th 2014

You died so many times,
then got up, walked away,
but when it came
to the hardest scene of all
there was no-one on-set
to double for you.

Read about Terry Richards here

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Gerry Goffin - d. June 19th 2014

Since teenage was invented
you have been putting words
in our mouths.
Your question, though,
is answered; yes,
we will still love you tomorrow.

Read about Gerry Goffin here

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Francis Matthews - d. June 15th 2014

Time - mysterious, irresistible -
has proved you destructible,
but Death holds the promise
of melody, rhapsody, symphony,
harmony, destiny.

Read about Francis Matthews here

Monday, 9 June 2014

Rik Mayall - d. June 9th 2014

Hey St Peter,
have you got
my life
in your pocket
- poet, radical, idiot -
or are you just 
pleased to see me?