Nicholas Mackey

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Ride Free

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Covid Memorial Wall London 24 July 2021 

Love always
Love you Mum
I love you Daddy
Love children
Love you till forever
To my diamond in the sky, I love you


Wear a mask Wash your hands
Care home residents Lewisham
To all the patients of Epsom & St Helier Hospital
NHS workers are 4 life not just 4 Covid
Thank you NHS Love you NHS
All affected by the virus
We love you miss you we lost our world


I love you to the moon and back
I love you 300,000,000 times
To All We Love To All Fighters!
Forever in my heart and always on my mind
Precious memories
Death takes a heart that no one can heal
Love makes memories that no one can steal


You were young, gifted and black
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name
You are the light of my life
Shine on G man you crazy diamond
No matter what
Love always
For all those who died alone and for the families who never got to say goodbye


So many flashbacks not near enough wishes
For all the staff lost in the Chelsea and Westminster (Hospital) RIP
Vax 4 our kids No Vax 4 our kids
To all victims of Covid-19 worldwide we will remember you always with love
More than 1.1 million people still battling post-Covid Syndrome
Never forget
My heart is broken


All for life and love


Lockdown 20.03.2020
Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a h-anam*
May Allah forgive your sins
Vladimir 16.08.86 – 30.11.20, aged 34 years
Connie 04.12.32 – 03.05.20, aged 87 years, Bye for now
Rest in peace for all those lost in care homes
Big Sis, Little Bruv misses you


Wicked sense of humour
All this fuss over me LOL Bloody rediculus
Gorgeous Grandmother I love you
What would Trevor do?
Biff taken in his prime
Mum fell asleep Valentines Day 2021
Naupani @


They say that time heals. But time has stood still. Love you lots. I got you Babe


Love you, you changed my life, I wouldn’t be where I am without you
Our amazing Superman
You’ll never be forgotten Our hardworking beautiful young Grandma we all love you and we miss you
Still the backbone of the family
our star
Sorry I couldn’t say goodbye
Thank you Whipps Cross nurses you saved my life


Sleep tight
Beloved rapper
Beautiful Soul
A true shaker
Not forgotten
Miss you everyday
Ride free



*Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a h-anam (Irish); translation: may her soul be at the right hand of God


Adapted from the writings on the National Covid Memorial Wall, London; seen Sunday morning, 24th July 2021.

Recent Comments
Rosy Cole
Title well chosen! The best memento last. Says so much about the one gone and the one grieving. Thanks for this.
Friday, 29 April 2022 23:18
Nicholas Mackey
We lost two family members to Covid. Meanwhile, another close relative was very seriously ill with it - thankfully, now recovered.... Read More
Wednesday, 04 May 2022 14:00
Rosy Cole
So sorry to learn of your losses, Nicholas. Covid can be a cruel and overwhelming disease. It's strange, though, how grief and sor... Read More
Wednesday, 11 May 2022 19:29
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A life in trees

The other evening, my wife and I went for a stroll along the Thames Path 
not far from London's Chelsea Harbour and stopped to sit awhile in a 
delightful spot known as Imperial Park where greenery and calm are to be 
As we parked ourselves on a bench savouring the ambiance of a summer's
eve in a big city blessed with trees, grass and flowers in abundance, I took 
these two pictures from where we sat for those few minutes. 
A gentle breeze made its presence known by playing out a symphonic poem
on the panoply of leaves of the rock elm trees standing close to each other:
music that sounds out a message where life is in the ascendant and it means 
so much to be alive and to be able to appreciate moments of magic like this. 
These two images will always remind me of the simple, sublime happiness 
one can experience from the existence of nature all around us. 
Onwards and upwards,
Chosenia tree
Chosenia tree

Rock elm tree

Rock elm trees
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Rosy Cole
Trees have such awesome vigour and staying power. There's a silver birch, fifty or sixty feet high, outside my study window and it... Read More
Sunday, 02 August 2020 16:13
Nicholas Mackey
Thank you, Rosy for reading and commenting.
Saturday, 08 August 2020 11:55
Virginia M Macasaet
Beautiful writing! I sketch trees and they bring me peace and calm :-)
Tuesday, 14 December 2021 08:31
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the now

the now

walking alone ahead


shoved into

that darkened bag

of heavy space

thoughts squeezed nervous

by arrowed cruel command

impatient as a virus


on what comes next

the tyranny of now


fickle existence

can flick nazi-like

through every soul 

sentenced to

noble and ignoble

versions of now


where have all the nows gone?

the awareness

the everything

the stone-hearted conqueror

that is now


how does now 

become now?

our memory

the museum of now but

But really what is 



and how will the future

shape now?


P.S. The photo is one I took in 1973 of a solitary figure walking on Wilton Terrace by the Grand Canal near to where I spent my childhood in Dublin, Ireland.

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a pandemic verse (written late at night by the River Thames)

a river
in the dark
stabbed with light
plays with my mind

crescent sleekwhite
in aerial pitchblackness
giving false security
as we are dispatched

internet deathline
in the ether
delivers heaped anxiety
shrinking earthly future dreams

grim tide
as we fight
a killer virus
while devising universal unity.

Recent Comments
Rosy Cole
Good to see you, Nicholas, and that you wanted share your poignant poem with us. Tragic though this crisis is, it does give us a... Read More
Saturday, 04 April 2020 18:20
Nicholas Mackey
Hi Rosie, I appreciate you taking the time to comment on my poem and thank you for your kind thoughts. Stay well. Nicholas... Read More
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 12:54
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May you always be healthy, Rosy.I appreciate the facility of your website which enables audio record...
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Thank you! "Onwards and upwards!" That's exactly what my surgeon kept saying, bless her. It was a co...
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Ah, J S Bach, God's coder of harmony!