shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Sterling Warner


Fleeting Opus

Ancient artisans gather at soup kitchens
share avant-garde oddities, sketch
chalk portraits on porous sidewalks
temporary masterpieces washed clean
at nightfall, redrawn at dawn
like Buddhist monks meditating,
thoughts deeply focused as they
patiently construct sand mandalas
to destroy upon completion
both reminders of life's impermanence
healing distracted minds, purifying
intent, connecting temporal gifts
to visual clues, testaments to time
immortalizing craft and conviction.