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!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

OULIPOST #2: Jesus and His Bride

Every day this April, nearly 80 poets will write one poem per day by applying constrained writing techniques sourced from the Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle — or “workshop of potential literature”) group to text sourced from their daily local newspaper. This is the second of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The found poem below is in response to this prompt:


A lipogram is a text that excludes one or more letters of the alphabet. The ingenuity demanded by the restriction varies in proportion to the frequency of the letter or letters excluded. For this initial exercise, you will compose a poem using only words that can be formed from letters that are NOT found in the title of your newspaper. For example, if you are working with the Washington Post, you must avoid using words that contain the letters A, G, H, I, N, O, P, S, T and W.

I am working with the Daily Nation so I will not use words that contain the letters A, D, I, L, N, O,  T and Y.

he spur me up
he keep me fresh
he be chef
he keeper

Jesus' Church bumps me.


Kilonzo, Eunice. "Baby Satrine good to go after head surgery." The Daily Nation 2 Apr. 2014: pgs 1 and 4.

Kenyatta, Margaret. "Why I must finish the London Marathon." The Daily Nation 2 Apr. 2014: pg 13.

Gatimi, Karimi. "No, my husband is certainly not my best friend." The Daily Nation 2 Apr. 2014: Living 6 .

@chefraphaelkn. "Mushroom soup with peas." The Daily Nation 2 Apr. 2014: Living pg 8.

Wasonga, Josaya. "My wife's cooking is the best, I insist." The Daily Nation 2 Apr 2014: Living pg 6.

Kilonzo, Eunice."Blood on the floor, worse on the bed." The Daily Nation 2 Apr. 2014: Daily Kenya Living pgs 2 and 3


  1. Love this, Mildred. This one had me tearing my hair out!

  2. I feel like Jesus Church Bumps should be the holy fist bump!


  3. I love what the conjugation brings to the poem. Something Ill have to play with at some point this month!

    1. I liked the end result too. At first I was worried because I couldn't use "is" since the letter "i'" features (twice!) in "Daily Nation" but I think not using "is" or "a" makes the poem flow better/faster :-)