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, March 18, 2012


dramatic dark eyeliner
Hair pre-Raphaelite red
Skulls, spiderwebs
Absinthe associations with artistic inspiration
Striped stockings
Black trench coats, opera coats, velvet cloaks,
Music in a minor key evokes longing and loss
haunted houses
nights, candles, graveyards
corsets and cravats

Poet's note: This found poem was created from a section titled "Some signs and symptoms of having a gothy mindset" off of Jillian Venters book "Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them" I received my copy of the book after winning a contest on :-)