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.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Philip French - d. October 27th 2015

Such acuteness of vision
- you saw more
in the dappled dark
of a private screening
than I could ever see
in daylight’s
broad cinemascope.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Maureen O'Hara - d. October 25th 2015

So many perfect frames
- your skyblown veil,
you in that field, eyes 
brimful of the Duke. 
You were always 
the greater part of a miracle

Read about Maureen O'Hara here

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Peter Baldwin - d. October 23rd 2015

Whether we play ourselves
or against type, some of us 
must take your role; little 
Englander, little islander, little 
beyond a diverting shadow.

Read about Peter Baldwin

Friday, 9 October 2015

Gordon Honeycombe - d. October 9th 2015

...the picture shifts
from 405 lines
to 625; from black 
and white to black,
the newscaster

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Denis Healey - d. October 3rd 2015

You were Labour
as in 'workers',
as in 'principled',
old school
with no need of a tie.

Read about Denis Healey here