There once was a kid named Joe.
He didn’t know where he could go
Ms. Morgan made his life feel worthless,
He had an existential crisis,
When he found out his total displacement was zero.
Each morning he gets out of bed,
By accelerating his body and his head,
He eats breakfast in a short time,
If he was changing distance he’d get a fine
“Don’t miss your bus!” his mom always said.
The road to school was line,
They only had to go down the 409,
Though the way back was positive
The way there was negative
As both his displacement and mood had a minus sign.
His school was big and full of crowds
He’d have to twist and turn to get around
His velocity was constantly changing
As the shape of the crowd was rearranging,
And inside it was always very loud.
As he sat in class he was at rest,
It was hard to stay awake in Hernandez’s
The bell rang and he reached a final velocity
In meters per second it was 343,
His sonic boom disrupted every media center test.
School was finally done!
Joe thought as he broke into a run.
He accelerated toward the bus
Getting home was no fuss
The ride home was much more fun.
On the ride home, Joe thought
About tectonic plates a lot
He realized they moved
Including while he snoozed,
His crisis about zero displacement was for naught!
Besides, he travels a great distance every day,
But wait, didn’t Mrs. Brennan say
That according to Hess’s Law
The journey doesn’t matter at all,
Science just wasn’t Joe’s forte.