Sharon Chmielarz

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Pros & Cons: a Marriage of Convenience

Nannerl Mozart to the Prefect
Johann Baptist von Berchtold zu Sonnenburg

If only he were English!
(She loves the English.)
If only he had come

anywhere else
but St. Gilgen

flashing his title, his house, his stability. His money
sucking up her bankruptcy, her virginity, the shreds
of her former glory

and guaranteeing her
four hours daily practice.
Papa approves. And pushes.

And she? Well, she’s
thirty-three; he’s forty-eight;
he may die first.

from The Other Mozart, Ontario Review Press