you were my first
you could have been my last
you are my lost

And to YHWH
You are my first
You are my last
I'm no longer lost
Isaiah 61:1-3
" for ashes..."

- Mildred Achoch, 4th September, 2011


A big thank you to David Citino and his amazing, inspirational book "Paperwork", for reminding me that poems - and poets - are worth something.

Many thanks to my namesake "Mimi" Mik for taking the time to read my crazy poems, and for giving me her invaluable feedback. You rock!

Asante sana to Murfy's Flaw for being one of the coolest and 'down-to-earthest' Kenyan rock bands! And for allowing their awesome song "In Silence" to be part of the soundtrack of this book of poems.

I salute the prolific poet Phatalvision for reading ALL my poems! By the way sir, "old school" is "gold 'n' cool" :-)

I am very thankful to my mum, dad and sister, for putting up with me all these years. I love you!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Moon Man (REM Tribute)

two hours of not being on

five days left

completely stumped

leaning over his shoulder

drive each other crazy

driving around in rental

car cassette singing along

for four days

we reconvened

we were stunned

magical moments

have disappeared

into the mists of time.

Poet's note: I am a huge REM fan! This found poem was created from the liner notes inside the REM CD titled "The Best of REM: In Time - 1988-2003"

About "Man on the Moon" REM wrote: "With five days left before the record was mastered, we had the track completely finished except for the lyrics. Michael was completely stumped, and was gettng quite irritated with all of us leaning over his shoulder. It was decided that rather than drive each other crazy in the studio, we would take a few days off. Michael spent his time off driving around in his rental car with a cassette of the track singing along for four days."

Friday, January 13, 2012

Doomsday Clock Haiku

minutes to midnight
the Atomic Scientists
moving clock closer

Poet's note: This found poem was created from an online article titled "Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight"

Monday, January 9, 2012


My head is haunted
by so many wishes and thoughts
accusations and reproaches
I'm really not as conceited
as people seem to think

one of my chief accusers
loves me not as a lover
but as a friend
and grows more affectionate

But what is the mysterious
something that holds us back?
I don't understand it myself

Sometimes I think that my
terrible longing for him
was exaggerated

yet that's not really it.

Poet's note: This found poem was created from the June 14, 1944 diary entry in “The Diary of a Young Girl”. Anne Frank was 13 when her family left Germany during Hitler's persecution of the Jews. In 1942, Anne and her family hid in the back rooms of an office building. In March 1945, Anne died in Belsen, only a few weeks before the world heard about this terrible concentration camp.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I'm scared I'm worthy of being loved (Two Haiku)

Give her a big hug
At a Lakers basketball
game over Christmas

speaking to her friend
Break-up in an interview
Find love of yourself

Poet's note: These two found haiku were created from an online article titled "Demi Moore on Ashton Kutcher split: ‘I’m scared I’m not worthy of being loved’"

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Please make me cry!

first female
dope addict
to kick the habit

girl so tough
nothing made her cry
even death didn't want her

explosive, exciting
sometimes shocking
Cookie Rodriguez found

something she wanted
even more than

Poet's note: This found poem was created from the description on the back cover of the book "Please make me cry!" by Cookie Rodriguez