Surveillance

I have you in my view / unknowing
Through single lenses / multiplied

Driving quick quick slowly round the 25
Or waiting at the bus stop in the rain
Withdrawing paper money at the ATM
Going shopping with your older friends
And stepping out on the weekend
Avoiding all the homeless / drunks….

Tap tip tap: a recognised IP address
All-seeing, I traced you unsuspecting
As I tracked your footprints through the data
In whispered words and shifting patterns

Following the trends that interest you
Sharing moments in your social space
Filtering with care or casually unfriending
Swiping pictures / just-maybe-they’re-the-one
And browsing wider, with intent or idle hands
Self-censoring your secrets to guard some privacy

I watched you / little sibling
To keep us safe / from strangers

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