No ordinary tributary has a pulse—
maybe one pushed uphill by a pump
built like a house, my heart.
A stone ripples the river.

With skilled use of her middle
finger, one girl
braids another’s hair, hooks
my middle.
Each hook, one twist more.

Gloria Cadder

Gloria Cadder is a junior at Brandeis University. She majors in Creative Writing, English, and Politics; she also has minors in Women & Gender Studies and Legal Studies. This past year, the Brandeis literary journal Where the Children Play published another of her poems as well as a collage. Laurel Moon, another Brandeis journal, published her short story “Statistical Figure” last year. She has published multiple pieces in the Brandeis Law Journal.


Artwork by IridescentCatalyst.