Mozart's Final Summer 1791

Mozart's Final Summer 1791

Byron Beynon

The days are full of light;
in Vienna Constanze gives
birth to their sixth child
as Mozart's final summer
moves inside city walls
with medieval streets.
Tall buildings,
the Danube, fields which burn,
manuscripts, musicians,
months of carriages vibrating
on cobbled quadrangles,
where sounds soared
in the overworked mind
with notes composed
for the messenger
who like an infant
pulled
at the hem of a travelling cloak.