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, 28 December 2015

Lemmy - d. December 28th 2015

Some dance with the devil;
you preferred to drink him 
under the table, scuffle,
screw his handmaidens,
cheat him then beat him 
with your dead man's hand.



Saturday, 19 December 2015

Jimmy Hill - d. December 19th 2015

See the game
the uncommon vision.
Read the game;
the indirect route 
to the unlikely goal.
Play the game,
and then rewrite it.


Monday, 7 December 2015

Robert Loggia - d. December 4th 2015

In the celestial firm
I see you standing behind
the Archangel, alert, one hand 
on the inevitable gun, concealed
in the folds of your raiment.

Read about Robert Loggia here


Saturday, 5 December 2015

William McIlvanney - d. December 5th 2015

Respect the word; it is just
as potent in the dark mouths 
of miners, barmaids, labourers
as those who ghost the plots of the future.





Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Anthony Valentine - d. December 2nd 2015

Do you see him?
Watchful in the shadows,
below the searchlight,
uniformed and ghostly white,
or picking heaven's lock
then melting into the dark.

Read about Anthony Valentine here