NYWC Summer Youth Workshops: Through the Eyes of Fire

Welcome to NYWC’s Fort Greene Park Summer Writing Series, featuring the powerful poetry and prose from writers age 6 to 17. Every Saturday morning, young people have gathered in Fort Greene Park to participate in NYWC’s free writing workshops for youth. At the end of the summer, we hope you’ll join us  for the 9th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival on August 24, where you’ll get to hear these young voices of tomorrow share their work alongside other award-winning poets and writers. Enjoy!

Names have mystery and meaning. It’s easy to go through our days without thinking about our names, but maybe we should all take a moment to wonder: who am I? what’s in my name?

For some people the answer is clear. This piece explores the meaning of a heavy name, an uncommon name, and the challenge it poses for the one who bears it.

Through the Eyes of Fire
by Aidan Amog, age 13

Uncommon names with uncommon spelling are my mom’s favorite kind of name. Aidan. My parents had not known the importance of that name. But I told them of the blaze not in words, but in actions. I am fire, and I will act as such until I am satisfied. My name can also be shortened to mean “sun god,” but Gaelic history I will not indulge myself into. For what reason is there to make change perfection? I have sparked and so I must move forward, not looking back lest my life be snuffed out otherwise. Flames that reach for the sky, yearning to engulf everything and know all. But, alas, my form is human, and human I will have to live.