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Now and then

I wish I could have known you
In elementary school

Walking home together
Even though I never walked home

Kicking through leaves
Scuffing our new school shoes

Saying goodbye
At my porch
With a wave

It would have been nice
To be wrapped in security
Like that

I met you young
Younger than now
And I was full of anger

You wooed that out of me
Like venom from a wound

Like a marble from a slippery floor

I want to marry you
Now

And protect you now

And fall asleep next to you
For the rest of my life

Even though you get the good side of the bed
And we face the wrong direction, opposite the wall

A quirk, I know
Makes you you

And my huff and puff
Is a bark worse than a bite

You tolerate that
Because you love me

Everything is easy
When you love me

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About Author

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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