A Prayer



Odin’s Ravens came today

To take my measure as a man.

Is that better

Or worse

Than Zeus appearing before his cupbearer to be

In the form of an eagle?



I want to be carried away, too

And I wish to die amongst the Gods,

Yes, I want my ashes to be scattered

Across the Heavens,

So that I, too, might orbit

Some greater being than myself –

Some looming star

More steadfast than I.


A Song of the Slain



I wondered about you for hours afterward,

That day I saw you praying on a southbound train;

Later, I turned my face up in the pouring rain,

And I hoped that your prayer had not been in vain,

Not least of all because your brow had been furrowed in pain,

But also because I saw your reflection next to mine in the windowpane,

And it seemed to me that they were the same;

Each tear-stained, no matter the Gods we strained to explain

To ourselves as we tried to attain

The freedom that would break our chains;

Can we go back to that moment, again –

Sing, together, a song of the slain,

Pray to our Gods that they may always reign

Or has it waned too far to ever be regained –

That moment, in the sacred domain

Of a southbound train speeding valiantly onwards in the rain?

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…)