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, April 6, 2014

OULIPOST #6 Misadvice

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 sixth of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The found poem below is in response to this prompt:

Compose a poem using unintentional lines of iambic pentameter found in your newspaper.

Below is an example of iambic pentameter from

if YOU | would PUT | the KEY | inSIDE | the LOCK

da DUM | da DUM | da DUM | da DUM | da DUM

And below is my attempt :-)

If you are a parent worried about
"Hitler's wife may have had Jewish blood" [then]
you should really read Seth Godin's "Linchpin"


Bindra, Sunny. "Is your child being prepared for the 21st Century?" The Daily Nation 6 Apr 2014: pg. 46
AFP. "Hitler's wife may have had Jewish blood: TV station" The Daily Nation 6 Apr 2014: pg. 50

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