Privacy? Nevermore!

Once upon a conversation, I received a revelation—
Just a tiny aberration in the phone line could be heard
It was near too faint for hearing, all too quickly disappearing,
And it surely had me fearing they had listened to my word
But of course, there is no reason to be snooping for my word
Such a notion is absurd!

With the conversation ending, and my paranoia pending—
Was some listening ear attending? Had a wiretap occurred?
My suspicions were implying what I’d rather be denying;
That the government was spying, and the lines had all been blurred
There had formerly been limits, but those lines have all been blurred—
Ah, but surely that’s absurd!

Could my phone call now be quoted? My associations noted?
Are there data banks devoted, at the mercy of some nerd?
All the data they can hack up, with more copies just for backup
In some cave where servers stack up with the info there interred?
They will long outlast my body, which will rot when I’m interred
This is far beyond absurd!

In a time that seems chaotic, is my worrying neurotic?
Maybe spying’s patriotic—it’s what 9/11 spurred.
Sure, the citizens are frightened, but security is heightened
With the leaky borders tightened and some terrorists deterred
Why, the means are surely justified if terror is deterred
Or they’re not… cos it’s absurd.


  1. lorn says

    A wise man suggested: Know yourself; The National Lampoon added: If you need help call the FBI.

  2. Joan says

    That is really quite upsetting but the info that they are getting
    From our phone and puter settings might just cause them all to quit.
    Because after all their trouble it could burst their big old bubble
    Having pored through all the rubble here of all our boring shit.

    Reading that our lawn needs mowing and the grass-seed needed sowing
    And of the folks we’re knowing showing symptoms of old age,
    Seeing endless pics of grandkids, and the growing they are showing
    They’d abandon this stupidity and finally turn the page.


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