I’ve always loved ties ~ I mean the kind that men wear.  But over the years I’ve come to see that ties are about far more than those lovely items of clothing that I tend to give precious  men of my life as presents.




Professional identities

Uniformities, conformities



Winching casualties

Tugs towing calamities


Sharing complexities

Blending individualities

Melting hearts




Jean Tubridy,
October 2009
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Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

8 thoughts on “Ties”

  1. There are “family ties”…the ties that bind…creative use of ties such as in quilts, and I’ve seen them used
    for womens fashions too…

    1. Hi Joni, yes ‘family ties’ are crucially important ~ blood is thicker than water and all that!
      Love the idea of the creative use of ties but somehow I think I’ll always see, and want to see them, as a man’s thing. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, not sure!

  2. My niece collects all kinds of ties and makes shawls and skirts and even a Christmas tree skirt of old Christmas ties. It’s all a little much for me, but I do like a nice tie with a crisp white shirt now and then.

  3. Since you have a “Bridge” blog, I was convinced the “ties” would be the type that link/bind… And I was correct… just as your bridges are both things and connections, so, too are your ties!

    Love your poem!

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