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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.

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