Table-side magic

Ocean view, gourmet cafe,
tiny tables, chairs back to back,
Raoul swoops in, cape aswirl,

snaps fingers -- candles light.
He strokes young blonde's hair,
coins emerge, four then five.

Teal doves fly out one sleeve,
beak some bread, peck at brie,
become small eggs on salad greens.

Locked pepper handcuffs drop
from lights. Presto -- slices intertwined,
yellow, red. Volunteer brought on stage,

shut in box, drum-roll, tense scene --
Raoul saws lovely radish in half,
vanishes as she screams.



Timothy Pilgrim