Poems of the Week

Chemical Thrill

by Jesse Anna Bornemann

“Keanu Reeves’s Latest Role? Fungus-Killing Bacterial Compound.
Researchers in Germany named bacterial compounds after the actor,
saying they proved as devastating to difficult foes as the protagonist
of the ‘John Wick’ franchise.”

The New York Times

Brave new compounds dwell among us
Stealthily destroying fungus!
Keanumycins! Deadly, quick—
A fitting tribute to John Wick.
Although, their name might well extol
Another famed Keanu role.
These chemicals that save our food
No doubt will make us shout, “Whoa, dude!”
Could their title be instead
A righteous nod to Bill & Ted?