It’s a trick –
sometimes called sub-trunk

I will never reveal the secret
I was a magician’s assistant

I made a mistake one time
and I couldn’t release myself
from the chains
I forgot the keys
as I often do in life.

Houdini himself
finally failed and died

One part of the secret
I can tell you:
doesn’t really happen.
You were there all the time.

Michele Cuomo has recently settled in Winter Springs, Florida with her husband Paul. She finds great inspiration in her new surroundings. Her chapbook BURN was published in February 2021.