This poem and painting are by Mike Stiler, who’s been a friend of this Teaching for about a decade.
He’s a very successful artist and a Zen teacher. He lives in California.
Here’s a link to some of his art in a California galley
Here’s a link to some of his other works on Awakening Clarity Now.
Cracking an egg on the edge of a pan,
buttering toast and pouring coffee.
In these small events,
I take good cheer and overcome the world.
Truly, I am this morning, a nobody!
No longer in the world
and yet, a destroyer of worlds.
I am the destroyer of time.
Do you want to know my secret power?