Devil May Cry




The Prince of Hell was wearing a crown of thorns,

And the fruits of the tree had similarly fallen, ripe and round and ready,

Upon the fertile soil of an Eden in sublime abandon,

And Lucifer’s heart, hollow by day,

Had drunk deeply of the dusk light

In a world upon which the sun never set,

But now, as night bled into day,

He wondered how to strike his devil’s bargain with the unmerciful clock,

Contemplated why so many philosophers

Had wondered how many angels can dance upon the head of a pin,

When it was so clear to him

That he was the only one who would ever be made to do so;

“The Devil made me do it,”

He’d say, delirious,

As another night passed,





The trees

Look like the sea of my dreams,



They are the rough waters

Into which I have fallen,

And these November currents

Are as brutal as they come.


They are fragments

Of a different life,

The one I’d thought I’d live,

The one that came and went

As swiftly as Lucifer did,

His chains swinging, singing as they fell,

And Him –

Weeping, not for himself,

But for mankind.


They are the fault lines

Upon which my city is built,

The fractalized wooden sentinels

That stand in lieu of worshippers

Within the House of the Savior

After it’s abandonment

Some time long and long ago.

eschatology: a poem



(Eschatology: Noun. The theological study of the fate of the world.)


I am the rain that falls,

I am the wind
That wearies the wanderer.

I am the silence
That befalls all sound.

Still Life



Modeled from Jane Hirshfield’s ‘Pebbles,’ from her collection The Beauty. I adore her work and mean no infringement through my emulation of her poem.

The disloyalty of Lucifer,

The Fall of Man,

And Paradise Lost;

All in the same still-life of a half-eaten fruit.


Like that,

I remember you.

An Interview with the Author 

​Hello, all. Today I will be interviewing myself about my new series, Letters to God. Let’s get started.

Me: Hello, Miss Cacciatore. How are you today?

The Author: Before I answer that question, would you like my response to be in freeform or rhyme? Joking, joking. (laughs) I am well. Yourself?

Me: Unsurprisingly, the same.
The Author: Let us get to the heart of the matter. I hear you wanted to interview me?

Me: Yes indeed. To start off, why don’t you introduce yourself to the audience?

(The camera pans to the ‘audience.’ Crickets sing.)

The Author: (laughs) Well, my name is Caitlin Cacciatore, I was born and raised in New York City, and I am the proud parent of a tiny black panther named Figaro. He’s actually just a black cat I rescued three Octobers ago, but he prefers me to refer to him as one of his more wild relatives. I am of an age of sorrow, an age of change, an age of joy, and an age of impatient, restless, reckless waiting. Oh, and I am a poet as well.

Me: I was led to believe you were an author?

The Author: Oh, well, I thought that was implied by my title. Yes, I am an author as well, but I prefer be be referred to as a poet, for it is through poetry that my heart sings truest.

Me: That was very, well, poetic. Please do tell us about your latest work. The audience is eagerly waiting.

(The camera pans once more. Silence falls.)

The Author: Thank you, thank you. Please, no clapping. I am but a humble practitioner of the art of poetry. Now, I have several projects in the makings at the moment, but I believe you brought me here to discuss Letters to God, unless I am mistaken?

Me: Not at all. Why don’t we start with a simple question. What inspired Letters to God?

The Author: Letters to God isn’t just a series; it’s a personal journey. I began writing in June of 2016, when my life was changing very rapidly and I was caught up in a whirlwind of various milestones and setbacks. I won’t go into detail, but Letters to God was written at a time when my faith was up in the air and I was full of nothing but doubt. God saves, though, and He saved me. I found God, realized He’d been waiting for me, then set out on a journey to praise Him and spread the Word through a series of prayer books.

Me: That’s excellent. Tell us more about this journey of yours. Where do you hope it will leave you?

The Author: That is for God to know and me to find out.

Me: That is one way of looking at it. Tell us what we can expect to see in your series.

The Author: A whole lot of prayer. A lot of prayers asking God of help, a lot of prayers praising Him and His grace and His glory and His kingdom, and a few prayers simply wondering at the beauty of His Creation. Some of the prayers are based directly on quotes from Scripture; others are indirectly based on my readings of the Bible, my conversations with other believers, and my own life experiences.

Me: God is great. We all know that prayer and Scripture are ways to move closer to Him and further from sin, so I’m glad you’re spreading the Word.

The Author: Thank you. I believe that about concludes our interview?

Me: Wait! The audience wants to know more about your other projects!

(The camera starts to pan, then decides not to bother.)

The Author: Well, I’m working on 13 Letters to God books in total, my chapbook is going to be published in two days, and I’m working on another project tentatively titled 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character.

Me: Interesting indeed. I hope we’ll see you soon in another interview?

The Author: Of course. I’m always up for a good questioning. (Joke.) Now let me leave you with this verse: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) Amen.

(A recorded audience roars. The camera pans skyward and fades out…)