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, 30 June 2016

Gordon Murray - d. June 30th 2016

Here is the man
the Trumpton man
now lost in time
fading too quickly
moving too slowly
now lost in time in Trumpton

Read about Gordon Murray here

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Scotty Moore - d. June 28th 2016

Nothing was all right
without you;
shoes were not blue,
the jailhouse was cold,
we played no Creole.
There was rock, 
but no roll.

Read about Scotty Moore here

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Wayne Jackson - d. June 21st 2016

You blew in, blew, blew out,
swallowed a soulfull of air,
breathed it out as funk
and stacks of unlickable licks.

Read about Wayne Jackson here

Monday, 13 June 2016

Janet Waldo - d. June 12th 2016

Hailp! Hailp!
Looks like it's too late
this time for lil ol' me.
Come now, fiendish death;
reveal your hooded claw.

Read about Janet Waldo here

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Muhammad Ali - d. June 4th 2016

Oh, you pretty thing!
Show us one more time
the thunder in your hands,
the lightning in your feet,
the defiance on your lips,
the poetry of victory.

read about Muhammad Ali here

Friday, 3 June 2016

Dave Swarbrick - d. June 3rd 2016

Who knows 
where the time went?
No-one here can tell.
The fiddle goes back 
into its case;
farewell, farewell.

Read about Dave Swarbrick here