The ship was old once it had been a big ship
now, it was small compared with the newer fleet.
The shower system only had saltwater which was nice
to cool off after a hot day in the Red sea.
But we had to rinse the body with fresh water
or we would scratch all night.
For months we didn´t have a proper shower until the ship
went to Bremerhaven for repairs.
We got warm water from the shore, and what a luxury
I stood under the shower until the other crew member said
I was taking all the warm water.
Thinking about the shower going back fifty years,
I still shudder with delight.
Whatever I had done the night before a shower helped
clearing the head and chasing away any regrets.
We had only one type of soap, “lifebuoy.”
The whores liked us smelling fresh they knew we were