The Non-Bogus Paradox of Keanu Reeves & Most Serious Choice (A, Most Excellent, Cento)

By | 1 September 2023

You ever have that feeling where you’re not sure if you’re awake or still dreaming?
When you wake up, wipe the slugs off your face. Be ready for a new day.

It’s when you start doing things for free, that you start to grow wings.
If we’re gonna waste the dude, we oughta get paid for it. I mean, that’s the American way,

Heaven and hell are right here, behind every wall, every window, the world behind the world.
It wasn’t just a puppy.

If you can make a woman laugh, you’re seeing the most beautiful thing on God’s Earth.
God’s a kid with an ant farm, lady. He’s not planning anything.

Lying in bed with my lover, riding my bike, happy times with my friends, conversation.
I want room service! I want the club sandwich, I want the cold Mexican beer, I want a
$10,000-a-night hooker!

It’s always wonderful to get to know women, with the mystery and the joy and the depth.
Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.

What does a scanner see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does it see into me? Into us?
clearly or darkly?
All we are is dust in the wind, dude.

Be excellent to each other!—Shoot the hostage!—
Whoa!—Remember: crazy not stupid.

I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, like
“I once saw him kill three men in a bar with a pencil. With a f***ing pencil!”

My name can’t be that tough to pronounce!
Choice, the problem is choice.1

  1. Lines in this poem are remixed from Keanu Reeves’ roles in the following movies: The Matrix,
    My Own Private Idaho, I Love You to Death, Constantine, John Wick, Johnny Mnemonic, The Replacements,
    A Scanner Darkly, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Speed,
    and The Matrix Reloaded.

    Additional lines are from interview quotes, found at:, Keanu Reeves: Quotes. Accessed May 6 2023,

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