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, 25 October 2014

Jack Bruce - d. October 25th 2014

on the fretboard
is a note 
only you could play,
between B natural
and B unnatural.

Read about Jack Bruce here

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Alvin Stardust - d. October 23rd 2014

At the gates
a queue is forming;
angels in black,
sideburns, gloved hands,
fingers pointing
straight at you,
Bernard! Shane! Alvin!

Read about Alvin Stardust here

Monday, 20 October 2014

Lynda Bellingham - d. October 19th 2014

Dinner is served 
in an unreal house.
At the table 
no-one speaks.
Somewhere else;
a place is set.
Another family waits
for you 
to come through. 

Read about Lynda Bellingham here 

John Holt - d.19th October 2014

Time, master of tides,
turns down the guitar,
the organ;
leaves just bass,
and the mellow
string section
of your voice.

Read about John Holt here 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Lynsey De Paul - d. October 1st 2014

Your mannered 70's glamour,
pouting at a lonely piano,
came, went and was forgotten.
Tragedies? We got 'em.

Read about Lynsey de Paul here