An Empty Hell

An Empty Hell

A Poem by Salem Fitzgerald

Over 100 years ago, Mark Twain asked, “Who prays for Satan?” 

And I wonder if in some hidden realm, Mark watched me during last summer’s downpour, sacrificing my voice and lungs, begging for a different outcome, or a release from my soul contract. 

I think he would’ve found his answer.


I’ve prayed for Satan, in one way or another, for 1,373 days.

While others abandoned and condemned, I prayed.

I hoped for him, cried for him, and if I wasn’t already gone, I would’ve die for him.

My hands weren’t pressed together and I was miles from a church pew, 

But I prayed.

In screams at the sky and on crystals and candles,

I sent wishes in tree roots and marked sigils on my own delicate skin

And I prayed for the same cards in every reading�"the devil and death.

Me and you. 

Satan lives in death’s warm home and welcoming embrace

What is the afterlife without it’s king? 

But I feel it now. 

As he moves through the living world, I’m missing a part of me.

Only the devil could cheat death. 

We’ve embodied this darkness together for so long,

But I know what he feeds on, what fuels him, what fills the void where his soul should be. 

It’s the one thing death could never offer him.


© 2023 Salem Fitzgerald

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First read of your and I did find it interesting.
I looked back to see what your response was to the two reviews you got and you have not responded yet.
I did this because I was hoping that the questions that Will asked had been answered.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts,

Posted 8 Months Ago

Salem Fitzgerald

8 Months Ago

Hi Lisa. I answered the one that had questions hope this helps but can answer any others. I am happy.. read more

8 Months Ago

Oh you probably answered as I was writing to you... Did you read my poem Innocence.. I think you wil.. read more
hmm. profound. there is a stark honesty in your words. i feel the torment ... :)

Posted 8 Months Ago

Salem Fitzgerald

8 Months Ago

A fast paced poem of thoughts to chew on a bit. I do have a question...1373 days? 3 and 3/4 years? A significant number? It does make you think about Satan or Lucifer or whatever you want to call him. I have seen and read many depictions of him or it and I still he just a man, one who was placed in charge of hell because he did something wrong and he resent the action and now looks for revenge by gathering followers to turn them against he who did this to him or is he/it actually a demon who has no heart or the ability to care about life? Or is he a myth created so that little kids will eat their vegetables and go to bed on time? Hmmm. Still, a very cool poem. Nicely done.

Posted 8 Months Ago

Salem Fitzgerald

8 Months Ago

Thank you. It’s more that the devil is a metaphor for someone I knew because their astrological si.. read more
Salem Fitzgerald

8 Months Ago

Also worth mentioning that the death card in tarot is also aligned with my astrological sign so this.. read more

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3 Reviews
Added on January 18, 2023
Last Updated on January 18, 2023
Tags: love, poem, LGBTQ, sad


Salem Fitzgerald
Salem Fitzgerald

Small Town, WI

I walk through life imagining events that have yet to happen. I yearn for adventure and passion. I'm let down so often by everyone I meet so I spend a lot of time alone. I'm a writer, a philosopher, a.. more..


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