Your contrast to me,

my love,

is like the sun to the

swaying blades of


One feeds the other,

and the daylight

can stimulate

growth, and demise.

The chains of Alpha and Omega

are endless, striving

to escape one another.

One that nourishes

eventually destroys,

don’t you think?

You are beautiful in this sun

and the ravages of time

will make me love you more

when you are old and gray.

Your age will be another Alpha

and my Omega, the setting sun,

listlessly casting shadows on this park,

on this day, bending towards the East.

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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