“Big Brother”, Orwell's novel claims,
Keeps constant watch and even deigns
To rule our lives and impose thought
Silent, ubiquitous, unsought...
A “fanciful” 1984*?
With CCTV – not so sure
We're spied upon, in camera shot
Our emails traced – as like as not.
Smart phones relay where we are
Like the GPS in every car
Modern technology has its perks
But in laptops embedded spyware lurks.
Personal freedom ebbs away
Our movements registered each day
Even distant islands are on line
Orwell's dream perhaps – not mine!
(c) Poet in the woods 2016
*First published: June 8th, 1949