The rosy-fingered dawn
is gone.

The sounds of the sea
have fled.

I watch the day bloom,
a bird, a dog, a man on
the floor below singing.

A crossroads approaches,
I gather my strength.

Change is elusive to find
because it is omnipresent.

Find me on the other side
of all of this and I will wait for you.

We, of this moment, will not be the same.
We cannot be, our self shaped by the swift current
etched from a thousand natural shocks,
molded from that hard innocent clay.

This change will propel me
towards rebirth, and further rebirth.
An image of an image of an image,
far removed from that original model
of Ohio autumn, a dream of a far off place.

For there is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so,
and to me it is not a prison, but a playground.

This change encircles me, engulfs me, swallows me whole.

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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