Stowed Away


Two young men on the hop
Stowed themselves inside a ship
Believing once it made its stop
They’d be allowed to finish their trip.

Stowed away inside a ship
The two young men offered to mop
So they’d be allowed to finish their trip
Something the Captain thought a noble swap.

Despite offering to mop
Authorities showed the young men no statesmanship
Something the Captain thought an unfair swap
But he acknowledged the men had no bargaining chip.

With the authorities’ display of statesmanship
The boys were sailing back to Holland nonstop
After using a promise to work as a bargaining chip
Which the Captain accepted in writing over his desk top.


Photo Credit: By Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons

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