Richie McCaffrey – Black Tie

Black Tie


In a charity shop today,

the tie rack was over-full

of old black ties –


silk, polyester and fabrics

invented and abandoned

in the nineteen-fifties.


It looks as if everyone

in this town has decided

to give up grief for good,


or that even the mourners

have died, leaving no one

to wear their black ties.



Richie McCaffrey’s collection Cairn has recently been published by Nine Arches Press.

2 thoughts on “Richie McCaffrey – Black Tie

  1. I’d seen this earlier and somehow was reminded of it today. It took me awhile to remember where and what I was looking for but I’m happy I was able to re-find it. I do like it, top to bottom, but especially the final stanza.

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