My lady is so far away
I sit here
Waiting for her return
Dropping beads of rain
From the windowpane
A world suspended
My mind is a cavern
Full of webs and
And words to bridge the darkness
I need her
To shine light into the corners
To fill in the blanks
I need to be whole
And not torn across
The Pacific
Any longer
Neither here nor there
Anywhere is

Soon we will be Stateside
But not home
Soon I will miss here
And home
I will slowly exhale
On my porch
And look at my old hands
On a summer’s evening
And smile
I will reach for your hand
Without looking at your dark eyes
That still make my heart flutter
I will weave my fingers
Into yours
Like wet dough
And we can drift a little
Without saying a word

At breakfast
We will read the paper
And linger over juice
And giggle occasionally
You will think of your mother
And hesitate, pensively,
Looking at the floor
I will put down my paper
And walk over to you
And put my head in your lap
And make my little puppy dog face
To make you smile
I live to make you smile
If only you would smile
When reading this
All my labors with words
Would be worth it
All my struggles with expression
Would be nothing
A smile from your mouth
And I will be light as air
A word from your lips
And I will be saved
A touch from your hand
And I will be free

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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