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.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Prince - d. April 21st 2016

Tonight all the skies
are purple, peach and black.
You were not so much taken
as taken back.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Victoria Wood - d. April 20th 2016

Those angels. Just look;
lacy shifts and feathers.
At their age they should 
know better. Theda Bara
meets Violet Carson.
Black? Very slimming.

Read about Victoria Wood here

Friday, 15 April 2016

Phil Sayer - d. April 14th 2016

Platform 1 
for the 
Arcadia Rail 
service to 

mind the gap 
between this life
and any
which might follow.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Gareth Thomas - d. April 13th 2016

I heard rumours of death,
turned my ship 
to your last
confirmed sighting
standard by 12!
It's been 30 years
but stars don’t forget
men like you.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Arnold Wesker - April 12th 2016

We're done with dumb,
accepting defeat,
with walking down
a no-way street, 
chips with every damn 
thing. We will come
out of the kitchen and eat.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Merle Haggard - d. April 6th 2016

Your train is coming,
every boxcar stuffed
with lonesome fugitives
copying your style.
It slows, stops. 
One car is empty,
just for you. Climb on.

Read about Merle Haggard here

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Erik Bauersfeld - d. April 4th 2016

All that may persist
of some of us
will be a single line,
incidental to the plot
yet destined
to hang in the silence
of the emptying theatre.