We met again
Along with my love
And walked through the city, this city, another city,
Montreal pulling him back and the thought of that train lurching in the middle of December chills me to the bone

We talked
And talked
And laughed

As an adult, I managed the pain
Of saying goodbye again

Trimming a word here from a
Closing that might have triggered despair

I will see him again, I imagine
And we will dwell in moments

Moments separated by time
Marching onwards, a patient soldier
Drifting, fleeting
Yet I, of this time, will not be the same

The impassioned release from the cyclical nature of progress
This is over
This has been achieved through discipline
The older I become
The less I want to be understood
But rather to understand

Time is time
And he is gone
And I am happy with that thought

By Michael Gallagher

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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