Wolfgang Amadeus

We went out to St. Gilgen,
where Mozart’s mother, Anna-Maria Pertl, lived
on the Wolfgangsee—the Wolfgangsee.
A devout woman,
she named her son after the patron saint of the lake.

In Salzburg, we saw the house
in which he (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) was born,
January 27, 1756.
We also saw the house to which his family moved
when he was 17.

So before others are named after genius,
genius is named after others.
And genius always has a street address—
typically amidst the hoi polloi.
And while it may move out and move on,
its full potential lies in its roots,
and too much rejection of the roots
undoes the fullness of the potential.


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