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!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Westgate Cento

Chocolate corpses children Mars bars
Animals religion excuse kill
“Please forgive me, we are not monsters”
photographs of bodies that were still

Poet's note:
Poetry is therapy for me and writing poems is one way of me dealing with and processing the tragedy that happened at Westgate Mall.

Cento is latin for "patchwork". It is a poem "made up of passages from poems by one or more authors, a patchwork of quotations, a literary collage, a pastiche..."
Source: Poetry dictionary, page 53.

This cento was created from two articles that appeared in the online version of The Guardian.

Kenya mall attack: eight-year-old among six Britons confirmed dead

Kenya mall attack: four-year-old boy tells gunman he's a bad man