I am feeling rather old today,
with swollen discs from humid air,
joints, stomach, in disrepair.
My shoulders ache
Gaseous vapors rake
through my intestine wall,
a mere thirty years before the fall.
North, South, East, West
an abhorrent pill, a cruel jest.
Soon, I turn 32
My grass has grown,
and there is no dew.
Tonight, she will stroke my hair
and then I can fake a belly-ache
beyond compare.
is the only thing
than a tree.
Especially, sympathy
foisted on me.
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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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