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.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Peter O'Sullevan - d. July 29th 2015

Even in the largest field
we always knew your colours;
the little man in glasses and trilby,
a stayer when all others faltered.

Read about Peter O'Sullevan here 

Jon the Postman - d. July 27th 2015

You were beyond all notions
of scene, philosophy or style.
You just took to an empty stage,
grabbed the vacant mic, 
did what came unnaturally.

Read about Jon the Postman here

Friday, 10 July 2015

Omar Sharif - d. July 10th 2015

The deal,
the playing of your hand;
eternally finessed.
Your scenes

were golden as the sands;
now, time to rest.

Read about Omar Sharif here

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Val Doonican - d. July 2nd 2015

What is that noise?
It is the creak
of an old chair,
rocking easy
since I was about knee-high,
now forty shades of empty.

Read about Val Doonican here

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Sir Nicholas Winton - d. July 1st 2015

A departure is announced;
of all passengers,
your journey
to that final station
is a guaranteed connection

Read about Nicholas Winton