A spook-eye is watching the world wearing
its cloak and dagger. It is a ghost
haunting whoever hides behind their masks
then scans for the frightened flight from those
dark faces. If silence falls the spook-ear hears
it all, listening out for the eventual howl of scared
subterfuge and scheming. There's no escape
down fast river runs and mountain sides as
words reveal their literal anchorage in the
whispers wafting out of woodwork, those
skeletons terrorising the insides of cupboards.
It is all a web of lies and deceit uncovered -
language that now twists crannies and nooks,
unravelling through metaphoric spooks.
[*] According to today's The Observer, a branch of the US intelligence service called the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity is devising software through 'The Metaphor Programme' that will listen into global digital chatter to identify and interpret cultural metaphoric references that might indicate potential terrorist thinking and, presumably, plotting.
Orwell didn't quite see Big Brother being so concerned with Poetics.