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, April 5, 2014

OULIPOST #5: Multi-million mother

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 fifth of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The found poem below is in response to this prompt:


Compose a poem whose words — or at least the principal ones — all begin with the same letter. The words must be sourced from your newspaper.

multi-million mother
manages month
matching, making
milk moment,
moisturising man,
manages Monday marriage-fever.

multi-million mother
moisturises months,
miserable, mean, mumbling
mind moved,
maybe manner,

(About Mspy: "It not only allows you to look oer your partner's communications, it also lets you control installed programmes and applications on their phone.")


Thabel, Joan. "To catch a cheating spouse." The Daily Nation 5 Apr. 2014: Saturday Magazine 6-7

Biko, Jackson. "Why I don't wish my exes well." The Daily Nation 5 Apr. 2014: Saturday Magazine 10

Mwongeli, Maria. "Diary of a working mother." The Daily Nation 5 Apr. 2014: Saturday Magazine 14

Mureithi, Francis. "Thank God I no longer fight the morning traffic." The Daily Nation 5 Apr. 2014: Seeds of Gold 5

Njoroge, Irene. "Your seven-minute make-over." The Daily Nation 5 Apr. 2014: Saturday Magazine 16

Wanjala, Tricia. "The goodness of coconut oil." The Daily Nation 5 Apr. 2014: Saturday Magazine 16


  1. Like this one, especially how it moves from something rather objective to the emotional. Well, sort-of, I thought! I could almost picture the mother punching the words out on a keyboard, firmer and firmer keystrokes.

    1. Good observation! I actually begun this one with the intention of writing a tribute to my late mother but alas, the poem took a life of its own :-)