This cobalt sky
looming from my window
here, there, I don’t know where.

Left, right, north, south,
from learned text and word of mouth

Whether it be partial or complete, right or wrong
in spoken word or in lyrical song

my wandering has come to an end.

A few days ago I was with family.
Now, I am not

A few days more
lest I remember, I will have forgot
that warmth, that belonging

A few days more, a few days more,
everything in life is a few days more
or a few days before.

She is running, through the park
and I sit here and nurse a cough, a cold, a heartache
a feeling that this too will end

this time spent here.

Leaving, and for once, never returning.

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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