To my favorite travel companion–
Oh pillow, oh pillow, you are an ever-present comfort
When the day is long and weary, upon you I rest my head;
Be it train, bus, plane, you are there, no matter the transport
And upon nightfall you are a welcome addition to my bed.
Though people laugh and point and mock,
For they have no idea of the comfort you provide
I shan’t give you up, I shan’t balk.
On long journeys and on hard mattresses you are tested and tried.
With you, I can finally sleep en route to exotic locations
With you, my neck does not cramp and my head does not hurt
With you, the unpaved roads, the dirty seats, the cold nights become bearable tribulations
With you, after an afternoon’s rest I can seem awake and alert.
Or that it is difficult to juggle suitcase, purse, and pillow,
For you are my aide and companion again and again
And you help me hide extra luggage when I have too many a kilo.
You mitigate my insomnia and put my fears to rest
Though travel with you is difficult, you are more than worth the trouble.
I shan’t travel without you, for you have become the best of the best
Those others may understand one day, if they ever break through their backpacking bubble.