Aphelion Issue 233, Volume 22
October 2018
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The Eye in The Sky

by Jake Cosmos Aller

The eye in the sky
Knows all, sees all
Hears all, understands all

The eye in the sky
Watches over us
Everything we do
Is monitored, controlled
Under surveillance

There is no privacy
There is no private space
The eye in the sky
Knows all

Everything we do
Everything we see
Everything we think

Recorded by the unseeing
Uncaring eyes
The cameras, the videos
The computers that control
Our lives

Ever watchful
Ever diligent
Nothing escapes
The cold, calculating glares

Freedom is nothing
But an illusion

To the free man
There is no freedom
Except in one’s inner mind

Only there can one escape
The eyes in the sky

No one monitors our thoughts
Except our own thought police

The rest of the world
Is controlled, monitored
Under constant surveillance

The eyes in the sky
The camera in the sky
Watches over us
All the time
All the time

Never stopping
Never on strike
Never on break

All day long
All night long
Total control

The eye in the sky
Is the same
As the eye
In the dollar bill

All the same
All the same
Watching us

No one can escape
Its baleful glances
No one is free

Aye the eye
In the sky
Is always upon you

As you become
A mere number
In the cosmic game
Of life

Up behind
The eye in the sky
Big Brother is watching
You and me
And big sister too
And crazy Uncle Tom
And wild auntie Em
God, and the Devil
Rama, Ganesh, Laxmi
The Buddha bar gang
Jesus is there as well
Mary as well

And you must be knowing this
That even Saint Nick,
Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny
And Father Time himself
Are there Zeus and the Jupiter gang
And all the demons and spirits
And the big spirit
And Brahma, Gabriel, Allah
And the CIA, Mafia, KGB
And spies and counter spies All are Watching us

The tooth fairy is there too
She gets her 10 percent

All the same
Watching us
Forever and ever

But the eye
In the sky
Does not care
Does not notice
What we think or feel

The eye
Watches us
All the time
Recording our movements
And reporting it to its masters

Its job is to watch
You and me
And the billions of others
On this asylum called Earth

The question came to mind
That has no answer

Who is the eye in the sky?
Is it God?
Is it the devil?

Only time will tell
The difference

The eye in the sky
Smiles at us
And watches and watches
And watches
All the time

2017 Jake Cosmos Aller

John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department in ten countries - Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Korea, India, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, and Thailand, and traveled to 45 countries during his career. Jake has been an aspiring novelist for several years and has completed four novels, ("Giant Nazi Spiders", “The Great Divorce”, “Jurassic Cruise", and “Ft. Ashland”), and is pursuing publication. He has been writing poetry and fiction all his life and has published his poetry fiction in over 25 literary journals. Jake grew up in Berkeley, California.

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