To go,
rusty toolbox of guile,
I will need motivation
to match my frustration.

A spiritual inspiration.

A divine intervention.

A moment alone,
with my thoughts,
my pounding heart,
my darting eyes,
my heavy breathing.

An escape from
the chains of wit,
from the shackles
of clever,

a perfect cylinder,
an orange on a tabletop,
a flower in a blue vase,
a dog-eared photograph
cast against the whitest table.

An image to contemplate,
to transcend.

The pew creaks under my weight
and my kneeler shifts
restlessly. My forehead is still
damp from the holy water.

Stained glass is always blue;
blue must be God’s color.

It is beautiful today, nothing more.

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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