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, 27 November 2014

P.D.James - d. November 27th 2014

Long before your passing,
you had penned a dozen deaths,
walked a yard behind
so many murderers,
found means, motive
and opportunity of your own.

Read about P.D.James here 

Arthur Montford - d. November 26th 2014

Amid the stramash 
of it all, you kept score
for a nation; at home
in your own language,
immersed in the game,
even in the dying seconds.

Read about Arthur Montford here

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mike Nichols - d. November 19th 2014

In a big dumb industry,
you were barely visible;
the smart guy,
directing smart people,
to make smart things.

Read about Mike Nichols here 

Jimmy Ruffin - d. November 19th 2014

Though so many
have passed this way,
rinsing their souls
in rivers of vinyl,
your final farewell
is the loneliest sound.

Read about Jimmy Ruffin here

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Warren Clarke - d. November 12th 2014

We all knew 
your gritblasted face;
pummelled by rain, 
blunt as a rivet,
always turned
to face the North.

Read about Warren Clarke here

Sunday, 2 November 2014