William Carlos Williams, in retrospect

Kristine Ong Muslim



I have missed this: the upturned trough

where the white chickens bend down


to drink. All the mythical elements

blend at some point. Art books sum it up


with the laws of perspective. The red

wheel barrow is smeared with cow dung.


It is drought season, and the cows

graze what is left of the grass.




Kristine Ong Muslim has published more than 700 poems in over 300 publications worldwide, such as Bellevue Literary Review, Narrative Magazine, and The Pedestal Magazine.  She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and has received several honorable mentions in Year’s Best in Fantasy and Horror.  Kristine lives in The Philippines.