With an earnest look

Clara offers the

fragment of amber

to the Kapo.


Will it be enough

to trade for an extra

crust of bread

a piece of potato in the

watery soup?


Within the gold resin

an insect caught

by sticky sap.

Another inmate trapped

in a bubble of gas.




Jan Chronister teaches writing at a tribal college in Minnesota. Her work appears regularly in regional and national publications.