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White walls

Flower,
growing into the deep summer sun,
teases a smile from her lips.

Dangling hair,
dappled dawn full of rosy clouds,
Her soft breathing,
drifting in and out of those lazy dreams.

Aging together, running my
calloused hands over her bare shoulder,
trying not to wake her from such a contented slumber.

Life drifts further through these days than most, sun pierces the closed shades,
our white walls even whiter still, my heart beating like mad.

Struggling to shift weight so I go unnoticed, I walk to the door
and look back at her sleeping.

I will always look back.

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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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