forth forward
stings like a rusty bayonet
in the deep waters of the Atlantic
and the cold presses close
like an imaginative vixen
in a Dicken’s novel.

my beloved,
the injustice is there, not an apparition,
not an ineptitude,
the pain in my father’s back,
bending close to his children
reciting dreams in prayers.

the earth,
mosquito bites and bee’s wax
leaving an indentation,
leaving unanswered questions.
Wander the earth for me.

quietly if need be,
let them, if them be they,
know your pain and triumph
in the robotic rude mechanical

Let them

(Carry on Margaret)


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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