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.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Frank Kelly - d. February 28th 2016

The end lies in wait like a nun,
the smell of God in her nostrils.
Then, a creaking gate, a curse,
one less soul on a lonely island.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Douglas Slocombe - d. February 22nd 2016

The scenes of a dead century
tumble in a gust of light.
They are the harvest of the lens,
gathered from the backlot
of your imagination.

Read about Douglas Slocombe here

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Umberto Eco - d. February 19th 2016

I live for books;
for what they say,
for what they signify
by what they don't say.
The books that bear
your empty name,
are shelved in eternity.

Read about Umberto Eco here

Friday, 19 February 2016

Harper Lee - d. February 19th 2016

We took the skin
of America,
climbed inside,
walked around,
felt it from the inside.
You didn't do one thing 
except tell a story
for us to enjoy.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Norman Hudis - d. February 8th 2016

Was this 
how you scripted it
- scene upon scene
with rotten gags?
Some jokes carry on,
improve with retelling.

Read about Norman Hudis here

Friday, 5 February 2016

Maurice White - d. February 4th 2016

Bury me in polyester,
bare my chest 
to the mourners.
Dance on my grave
until the dawn;
whatever you do, groove.

Read about Maurice White here

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

John Bingham, Lord Lucan - d. February 3rd 2016

In our fascination
we have wrung 
each drop of mystery
from all the obfuscation.
Perhaps you played along,
but now you're history.