He saw his neighbor get ready for a trip —
packing the bags, loading the car.
He knew that he would get a Rt. 66 kick
out of a road trip so very far.
But during this time he was confined
as should be all to their homes
and so through his mind, he mined
journeys where he could roam.
With Jules Verne, he traveled to center earth.
With Carl Sagan, he traversed the cosmos.
With Neil deGrasse Tyson, to the universe’s birth.
With Jacques-Yves Cousteau aboard Calypso.
And when the travels were done,
he thought how nice it was to have gone.
He awoke safe and saw the dearest travel companion
— Sophia sat by his side, she — wisdom.