It is cold, so very cold.
The angels in the architecture clamor
for the exhaust from the drier, billowing in clouds from the base of the basement wall.

Family inside and mystery not.

The base concept of familiar is lost,
all is new, if only altered.

Street names are forgotten, memories linger
on bated breath, rarely finding a voice.
Sequences of dreams slip into the snow,
never to be seen again.

I gather a few for my wedding, their memories strong
enough to survive the winter.

A long winter it will be. A changing season, a distant bell from St. Dominic’s.
Lingering over a cup of coffee. My lady 8000 miles away, her feet wagging with anticipation.

A dog without a bone.

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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