No Art without Startle by Yuan Changming

35 Word Idioms

No belief without a lie
No business without sin
No character without an act
No coffee without a fee
No courage without rage

No culture without a cult
No entrance without a trance
No epicenter without an epic
No Europe without a rope
No freedom without a reed

No friendship without an end
No fundamentalism without mental fun
No heritage without a tag
No glove without love
No ghost without a host

No groom without a room
No infancy without fancy
No life without if
No malady without a lady
No manifestation without man

No mason without a son
No millionaire without a lion
No nirvana without a van
No passage without a sage
No pharmacy without harm

No plant without a plan
No prevention without an event
No product without a duct
No recovery without something over
No restaurant without rest or rant

No sight without a sigh
No slaughter without laughter
No spring without a ring
No think without ink
No truth without a rut

 

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Yuan Changming currently works part-time as a produce clerk and edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, eight chapbooks & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) & BestNewPoemsOnline, among 1659 others across 44 counntries.