Time: A) a passage B) a punishment C) A reward D) All of the above and more. Dictionary of terms a litany of thought as she weaves her absent way through streets lined with trees brought in to replace the old breed that had died in an Indians —Native Americans— versus the settlers colonization through alien disease the pavement grimy with chewing gum and spilt McDonald’s cups of sick-sweet soda. She walks or runs self-conscious as a bride until the privacy of night or the cover of these trees. She races herself seeming as if she was looking for something but without seeing a step She slows when her lungs run short and a pinch in her side brings her stumbling flour sack heavy to a halt and she looks up at the sky her hands on her hips her chest continuing the race and stares like she sees something God or Jimi Hendrix or Mustafa in clouds. She looks on a moment too long longer than a cynic might say the sky warranted as if in the smothered glower of the New England sun she’d seen the meaning of life or the waving of the dead and then she looks back down at cigarette covered asphalt or crab grass ridden earth and her head hangs as low as her cinderblock heart.