11 August 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 2

Just Curious

Reading a book on amphibians

at the local elementary school,

the girl whom I'm tutoring,

a third-grader with cornrows in her hair

and skin the color of walnut, asks me:

"Is it true that men always want

to know what women are thinking?"

She's already pointed out the mole on my cheek

and asked me how I shave around it.

I reply, referring once more to our book:

"Isn't it fascinating that a frog breathes air,

but spends the winter

buried in the mud at the bottom of a lake?"

She just stares at me with brown eyes.

"Do women always want to know

what men are thinking?" I ask.

She looks at the painting in our book

of the frog sleeping in his burrow

curled up at the bottom of a frozen lake.

"No," she says. "It must be boring."

About the author:

James C. Henderson is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. A project manager by profession, his poetry has appeared online in Double Dare Press and Poetry Midwest.

For further reading:

Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 2, where "Just Curious" ran on August 11, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry, light verse.

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