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.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Rod McKuen - d. January 29th 2015

Love was good to you,
painted the sky an unreal blue
where syrup fell instead of rain
and everything that was good
was too good to be true.

Read about Rod McKuen here

Monday, 26 January 2015

Demis Roussos - d.January 24th 2015

The lounge is empty,
your impassioned vibrato
lost in the exotic wallpaper,
but somewhere your song
will play, forever and ever.

Read about Demis Roussos here

Monday, 19 January 2015

Anne Kirkbride - d. January 19th 2015

You took your ten Benson,
brass neck, wasp-stung stare,
slipped the latch, calling
I'm just going to walk Eccles,
never came back.

Read about Anne Kirkbride here

Monday, 12 January 2015

Brian Clemens - d. January 10th 2015

From your pen leaked 
the blood of villains, 
the sweat of professionals
for hire or command, 
the thrilling ichor of 
the peculiar British hero. 

Read about Brian Clemens here 

Anita Ekberg - d. January 11th 2015

In a hundred feet 
of film, you lived 
the sweetest life -
in love with it all, 
not just the being, 
but the being seen.

Read about Anita Ekberg here

Friday, 9 January 2015

Lance Percival - d. January 6th 2015

and we might miss
your walk-on part
in a golden age,
the years you spent 
perfecting a study
in gormlessness.

Read about Lance Percival here

Rod Taylor - d. January 7th 2015

And when the sky is opened,
your feather-strewn body
will be borne aloft 
- into the future? -
on a cushion of screams.

Read about Rod Taylor here 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Ray McFall - d. January 7th 2015

On the darkest street of a city
where it is eternally night,
you are standing at the door

of a club that never closes.

Read about Ray McFall here