Nutritional Deserts

Written by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, May 9, 2018 I am constantly amazed at how difficult it is to find healthy, nutritious food in the city of Pittsburgh. Though city residents have access to a number of large supermarkets such as Giant Eagle, Shop ’n Save, Aldi, and Whole Foods, I always seem to find myself…

Dumbfounded

Written by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, January 10, 2017 Clouds full of toxic synthetic fragrances blocked my view In a ballroom, with loud voices blaring from monitors The sound man stood tone deaf behind the controls As the shrill voices yelled into the microphones And nerves deadened for every second that passed A male belly dancer…

Autocratrees

Written by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, December 14, 2016 Breathe with me, as trees see birds flee From the featured branches of feathered twigs Bigoted leaves won’t deteriorate like eroded beaches Hateful colors can’t feel the wind’s reaches Beckoning the future freeze and snowfall’s breeze Aligning in partisan ways the dumbfounded haze The moonlight is enslaved…

Western Ills

Written by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, September 14, 2016 1. Everywhere around, a culture of disease Systemically brainwashing us Through sugar and cheese Our doors are marked with green slime Thinking its shampoo But really its radioactive spew Enflaming our heads Combusting in fiery reds While we sit there indifferently As our bodies catch on fire…

NYShitty

Written by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, June 3, 2016 Stuck in self-induced slavery, Stemming from safety and security. Skimmed by the forsaken sideswipes, I became indiscernible by my peers. It was midnight on Spring Street. A man walked past me singing to himself, While I watched piles of garbage by the hour Accumulate in aromas so…

Urbansugar

Written by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, March 9, 2016 Remember that night on Bleecker Street last summer when you watched me devour a stale day-old cupcake from Magnolias at the 11th hour at a chess table? You weren’t the only one there. You both followed me on a late night summertime jaunt across lower Manhattan from…

Coffeehouse Savants

Written by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, February 10, 2016 I was sitting in a coffeehouse surrounded by mostly women staring at screens. I was sipping my medium latte in one hand while my other hand clutched my smartphone. Why was I one of these people? I would have rather read a newspaper or sit on a…

Squirrel Expressway

Written by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, January 9, 2016 I will not be a Wikipedia entry someday. I will not be a Manhattan elitist nor a Brooklyn defeatist. I will not be a person who truly knows what he was born to do. Rather, I will continue to walk under the ramparts of electrical wires and…

Fear and Loathing in Fort Tilden

Published by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, October 14, 2015, based on his memoirs from August 20-25, 2015 “Oooooooh!” That’s all I heard for the longest time. My forehead was both numb and aching, along with my nose and left kneecap. I had a white wire from a phone charger dangling from my new smartphone in my…

By All Means Necessary

Written by Jonathan Aryeh Wayne, May 13, 2015 By all means necessary you can take your toxic chemicals and shove it somewhere I am talking war now This is a public courtyard, a public gathering space You come with your entourage of ignorance You sit down, and let your synthetic aromas permeate, emanate, infiltrate our…