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.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Wes Craven - d. August 30th 2015

It was hard to tell 
where your movie ended
and deadly reality began,
but an invitation to Hell
has surely been extended
by your biggest fan.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Stephen Lewis - d. August 12th 2015

In the decade
of our unmanning,
that difficult age,
the role you essayed
was a study in hamming
and impotent rage.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Thursday, 6 August 2015

George Cole - d. August 6th 2015

Tell you what,
I'll give you six to one

on people forgetting
who I was. 
Even money. 
It's the best I can do.

Read about George Cole here

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Cilla Black - d. August 2nd 2015

In a city of voices,
you found yours
in the pocket 
of a fancy coat,
in the songs
others lent you
which none now
would dare to pretend 
were theirs.

Read about Cilla Black here