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Poem: Vintage Ties, by Catherine Jennings

Ode to Spike

Who ironed ‘em all!

by Catherine Jennings


Wise-guys ties

(Just one size)

Old school crest

Sunday best

Dapper Dan

Repo man

Dancing blade

Homespun, handmade


Staid ol’ relic

Gay an’ fluffy

Corporate toughie


Hangman’s noose

Rad and Kafka

(Do I have ta?)

Strangled grapple

Adams apple

Cool, askew

Fashion crew


Stained and beerial

Football team

Bridegroom’s dream


Borrowed, blue

Close-up dance

Silk romance

What was crumpled

Now unrumpled

Straight and narrow

As an arrow


Spike’s hot iron

Will by heck fry

Each old necktie

With a story to

Pristine glory

To an fro

Make ‘em glow

Now in packs

On tempting racks

To go again

Round throats of men.

Spike’s hot metal

Old scores settle

Franking furls

Into fine fettle!

An I-Ode-U Poetic Tribute
by Catherine Jennings

Contact Catherine at

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