Poetry by Changming Yuan

Sitting on the Fence: Most Popular English Idioms

Yes, Elvis has left the building
And you may be glad to see the back of
A hot potato
Jumping on the bandwagon
But once in a blue moon
You will hear it on the grapevine
Rather than straight from the horse’s mouth
Which is a far cry
From the best thing since sliced bread
Something you can see eye to eye
While cutting the mustard
By drawing all the best of both worlds
To make a long story short

Now if you feel a bit under the weather
Do not burn the midnight oil
But just give it the benefit of doubt
And then hit the sack
Even in this heat of the moment

Or, why not just let the cat out of the bag?


About Changming Yuan

Changming Yuan, eight-time Pushcart nominee and author of four chapbooks (including Mindscaping [2014]), is the most widely published poetry author who speaks Mandarin but writes in English. Tutoring and co-editing Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver, Changming has poetry appearing in 969 literary publications across 31 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry (2009,12,14), BestNewPoemsOnline and Threepenny Review.