Privateer here

They started playing a shanty
I’m getting seasick.

Up on the poop deck
no one poops
because we don’t do that on ships
and neither on sloops.

and you’d find it hard to build walls around you
in the middle of an ocean.

Where is the ‘we’
is it just us and them,
are ‘we’ only men
when it suits ‘us’
to be?

© 2020, John Smallshaw.