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Dreaming of getting old

My best design
fumbled,
was a distant dusk
drops of summer rain,
porches, endless
rocking chairs
lazily keeping beat
with the arrhythmic tide.

Someone else’s dream.

When did I start listening to all of that?
My age, our aging will be our own
and we will hurtle ourselves
with relatively reckless, calculated abandon
towards an endless journey, a leg, a stage,
a flight, an itinerary.

A reach from your hand across the aisle
and I am calm, drifting gently in our enormous
winged boat across the endless speckled ocean
at 36, 000 feet.

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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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