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Passion and a Lincoln

You spoke to me of passion,
That activist passion, pining and
striving and yearning to be free.

You mentioned the cause, the causes,
the multitude of the endless litany of
man behaving badly towards another man.

You mentioned my state, my statis, my static,
My overwhelming sense of self.

You mentioned this might be construed,
in some circles,
as a negative.

As a hindrance to my actualization
as the animal politic.

You mentioned those stairs and my speech
and the world we knew hurtled in another direction,
one without end, without rest, one with nothing but
the perception of failure, and adventure.

This world you inhabit, is it my own?
Will I ever inhabit a present address, receive mail
in the present tense?
Will I ever bathe in your passion
and sever the past? Enable a future by striving in the present?

Will birds cease to sing and will I stop driving a black Lincoln?
Will I ever be able to peacefully sleep on Sunday night?
Will I sit by the stream, the understanding waters, and dive right in?

At times, I don’t even recognize me.
The aches in my bones seem foreign, the crackling knuckles are anothers,
you are of another time. I watch myself as if a nickolodeon, detached and out of synch.

Will these be the last words that I write in this lifetime, or the first I write as another?
Another risen figure stumbling from the rebirth. Another time as another.

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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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