Monday, 26 January 2015

On the 259th Anniversary of the
Birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
was born on the 27th of January in 1756.
Today marks the 258th anniversary of his birth.
The following are my thoughts and images
from a visit in 2009 to his memorial
at St. Marx cemetery.

A wreath of roses and spring flowers
had been laid at the foot
of the grave stone marker,
and a white candle was burning nearby.

It has been snowing in Vienna, all week.
I imagined little Wolferl
being born on a day like this:
A heavy snow storm in the early morning hours,
with the clouds parting at noon,
allowing for a few minutes of sunshine
to caress the face of the newborn genius.

A bouquet of pale yellow roses
had been left by another Mozart loving soul.
They were frozen stiff,
as if to enshrine their beauty forever.
It warmed my heart thinking that someone
had come out all the way,
walked up the long hill,
maybe in a snow storm as I did,
to offer this token of love.

Another friend
had brought a single rose,

gently posing it
on the angel's pedestal.

A red rose kissed
by the winter morning's sun.

An angel,
keeping watch,
cloaked in sunlight.

258 years,
so many years full of music, his music,
source of untold delights and
unimaginable moments of sheer joy.

Somewhere in these hallowed grounds,
Wolfgang Amadeus was laid to rest,
yet his music is with us, to this day.
Music of the spheres
brought down to earth,
not by celestial bodies,
but by a human genius.

The wreath,
a gift by Pension Mozart.
Photographed on 27 January 2009
at Vienna's St. Marx Cemetery
First published in 2009

Images and Text © by Merisi

On a Winter's Day a Traveler
Viennese Encounters in Slate and Red

Tree in the Window
Out of kilter

Cherry on Top
Red on slate

Window Mannequin
Breaking the fourth wall

Slate, the New Grey
Photographed outside and inside
Ströck Feierabend
Bread and Wine
Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 82
3rd District

Images and Text © by Merisi

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Angels, Doors, and a Traveler
Vienna on a Winter Afternoon

Light Slate-Grey Door
Also the color of Vienna's winter sky
I spot a gaggle of angels, a birdhouse,
and a light blue bird

Traditional Chartreuse
Double doors and shutter
As much as a 50mm lens can capture
in a narrow cobblestoned street

Traffic on a late January afternoon

Photographed 24 January 2015
in the 7th District
Images and Words © by Merisi

Friday, 23 January 2015

Mandarin Duck Tales from the Vienna Woods
Waiting for Sunrise in the Morning Fog

Mandarin Ducks waiting for Sunrise
The sun rose hiding
in a shroud of thick Danubian fog

"All morning the
Morning has been blackening"
Sylvia Plath, Sheep in Fog

Vienna in Winter
Photographed 20 January 2015
Image and own words © by Merisi

Link: This week's edition of Sky Watch Friday