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Oh, how many times do we sign
Without quite knowing
What it is we’re agreeing to.
Who knows what it could have said
That we did not seek to find out
Consent to use your personal data?
Perhaps they mean to sell it
To marketing companies
Who henceforth shall haunt my days
With adverts quite specific
To who and what they think I am
According to that personal data sold.
I’d really rather they didn’t, actually
Confirm you’ve read the Ts & Cs
All 48 pages of small-print
Designed in their very nature
To put me off from reading to the end
But there could be anything in there!
No, I didn’t read it all
That awful breakdown recovery man
Told me to sign
The tiny box on his phone screen
After spouting all sorts of nonsense
About my broken car
He clearly knew little of old Corsas
Or cars in general, it seemed.
I strongly disagreed with his words
A friend speaking at an event
Was given paperwork containing
All sorts of rules to adhere to
And beliefs that he didn’t share
And agreements not to cause offence
He didn’t plan to follow their ways
At the meeting we agreed
To keep everything confidential.
And yes, I understood the need
And agreed fully – for the most part
Though had every desire and intent
To discuss matters with my husband
Afterwards, behind closed doors
Bob, I think, was fully aware
Of his actions and their implication.
Though just an hour or two left
Right there on his deathbed
Read a surrender-prayer
And asked for a pen.
It cost him a huge amount of effort
And pain, just to move, to write…
What’s more, the element of pride –
He’d never believed the stuff before.
Written March 2018 (by Kat Gibson).
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