The Craft (1996)
Mercury, Venus, and Saturn align with the Pyramids of Giza for the first time in 2,737 years on December 3, 2012
I, too, ate the apple,
plucked red and withered from the depths
of the hobnail fruit dish,
chewed mealy-sweet flesh and
watched for your car in my driveway,
gnawed at the core until the slurred staccato of your three beat honk—
sticky hello kisses sucked
the grainy bits from between my teeth,
left streaks of saliva below my earlobe
—I fiddled with the radio,
rash hands reclined my seat,
the wind spat rain at the windshield
while you brought dry palms to my thighs
and mistook a kick to the cupholder
for the throes of ecstasy;
the passing headlights of parking lot guests
painted your fingers red.
In a country where many girls are still discouraged from going to school, Sushma Verma is having anything but a typical childhood.
The 13-year-old girl from a poor family in north India has enrolled in a master’s degree in microbiology, after her father sold his land to pay for some of his daughter’s tuition in the hope of catapulting her into India’s growing middle class.
Verma finished high school at 7 and earned an undergraduate degree at age 13 — milestones she said were possible only with the sacrifices and encouragement of her uneducated and impoverished parents.
“They allowed me to do what I wanted to do,” Verma said in an interview, speaking her native language of Hindi. “I hope that other parents don’t impose their choices on their children.” (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
It’s my hope that in the future, women of color will be able to forge careers in STEM without the necessity of sacrifices or financial hardship. Sushma Verma’s accomplishments can hopefully light our way forward.