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, 18 September 2014

George Hamilton IV - d. September 17th 2014

My dad did impressions of you
- thank yuh kahndly  -
in fake Carolinian.
Though we didn't know 
where you were from
we know where you're going.

Read about George Hamilton IV here

Monday, 15 September 2014

Angus Lennie - d. September 14th 2014

The guards bark out
the roll-call. You 
are missing, the
last tunnel you dug
coming up beyond
the trees; free at last.

Read about Angus Lennie here

Bob Crewe - September 11th 2014

Last lines never come easy, 
so put down your pens, 
plectrums, piano lids,
and listen to the golden silence, 
the son that ain't gonna shine

Read about Bob Crewe here 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Ian Paisley - d. September 12th 2014

You asked Saint Peter to let you in;
You asked to see the man in charge;
He asked if you had changed your ways;
No. No. Never. No.

Read more about Ian Paisley here 

Donald Sinden - d. September 11th 2014

We heard your voice
in another room,
the sound of treacle
falling off a spoon.
As we entered
through one door
you went out
through another.

Read about Donald Sinden here

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Richard Kiel - d. September 10th 2014

Wherever you went,
you raised ceilings,
brought a touch of steel.
Now you can rest,
sure in the knowledge
you made it big.

Read about Richard Kiel here

Friday, 5 September 2014

Joan Rivers - d. September 4th 2014

Your agent got a gig for you;  
a cosmetically enhanced heaven
where all men are bastards,
all women bitches,
and acid is always
served at the bar.

Read about Joan Rivers here